The birthstone of May, the enchanting Emerald is a unique symbol of hope, faith, and loyalty. Long prized for its beauty and rarity, the symbol of love, rebirth, and renewal comes in an array of green hues.
Like sapphires and rubies, emeralds are said to be very durable as they have a hardness level of 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale. Emeralds are used frequently on a day-to-day basis. With each passing year, jewelry designers have found new ways to showcase emeralds in a modern way.
If you are looking to add emeralds to your own collection, here are some things you should know.
Beauty in Imperfections
You may have noticed during an emerald search that it can be very difficult to find an eye clean emerald, free of inclusions. Inclusions are any fractures, fissures, or feathering marks within the gemstone or on its surface.
Emeralds are naturally much more included than other gemstones, and many have to be treated in order to remove imperfections. However, for those that want a unique look for their gemstone, the natural inclusions of an emerald can actually be ideal. In some cases inclusions can unintentionally form patterns in the gemstone. To some, inclusions actually enhance the look of the emerald! It all depends on personal preference.
How to take care of your Emerald
Emeralds are very easy to care for due to their hardness and durability. To keep your emerald jewelry sparkling you may want to clean it to remove the unwanted dirt and residue build-up. Here are a few care tips to keep your emerald jewelry clean and shiny.
- Avoid contact with make-up, harsh chemicals (i.e. chlorine and bleach), moisturizers and abrasives. It is advised to take jewelry off when in contact with these items. Never swim or bathe with your jewelry on. It is also best to avoid hard impact activities that may scratch or chip the emerald such as exercising and gardening.
- Clean your emerald by pouring lukewarm water in a bowl and mixing with mild cleaning detergent. Submerge your jewelry until the dirt and residue is moistened, then use a soft toothbrush to clean the underside of the emerald. Once clean, rinse and dry with a soft cloth. For extremely dirty jewelry, you may need to repeat the process.
- Store your emerald jewelry individually and avoid contact with other jewelry to prevent scratching.
- We highly recommend annual maintenance on your emerald jewelry to have the gems tightened and jewelry professionally cleaned. This will ensure your jewelry lasts a lifetime.
- Do not use commercial jewelry cleaners or ultrasonic cleaners for your Emerald jewelry.