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    About Emerald

    Emerald is one of the ‘big three’ color gemstones recognized for its grass green color and excellent hardness. Emerald is the green variety of the mineral beryl which also forms another gemstone that we know by the name aquamarine.

    The green color of emerald is due to the presence of chromium in the mineral beryl. Beryl is colorless in its pure form. The higher the concentration of chromium in beryl, the darker the green color. Sometimes other impurities besides chromium give emerald other distinct appearance veering towards pale green or greyish green hues.

    Hardness & Treatments

    Emeralds measure between 8 and 8.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness making it suitable for regular or special jewelry. Emeralds usually have cleavage properties meaning that the stone is prone to chipping off with sudden and powerful blows. Besides, emeralds also have a certain degree of fissures or pores which are treated by filling the stone with resin or oil. Treating emeralds to enhance their color and durability is a universally accepted practice.

    History of Emerald Gemstone

    Emeralds have an illustrious history which goes back to the times of ancient Rome and Egypt. It is said that emeralds were mined as early as 2000 BC in the upper part of Egypt. Egyptian beauty Cleopatra is known for her obsession with emeralds. The emerald mines then were called Cleopatra’s mines due to the fact that the mines yielded emeralds for Cleopatra’s private collection; she was actually the owner of those mines.

    Emerald in Jewelry

    Many antique styled jewelry pieces today feature emerald, deriving their motifs from a long period of history of emerald jewelry. In the modern times emerald rings, emerald earrings, emerald bands, emerald pendants and emerald bracelets are quite popular. Engagement rings with emerald as the center stone and halo setting is setting new heights in terms of people’s choice.

    The subtle green color of emerald gels well with any kind of attire, making it one of the most sought after gemstones among the present generation. Celebrities like Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie have contributed immensely to the present-day craze towards emeralds.

    Birthstone and Anniversary Stone

    Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May and it is the traditional gift meant for the twelfth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversary.

    FAQ - Emerald

    Colombia is the most noted country for the top quality emerald gemstones. The other notable countries where emeralds are found are Zambia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Australia, India, Austria, and Mozambique.
    An emerald symbolizes rebirth, rejuvenation, serenity, abundance and wisdom among many other things.
    Emerald remains spectacular irrespective of the metal it is paired with. So you can choose anything from yellow gold, white gold, or platinum.
    There are many famous pieces of emerald jewelry but the one coming from the Royal family of England is both famous and controversial. It is Queen Elizabeth II’s Vladimir Tiara. When Meghan Merkel wanted to wear it for her wedding with Prince Harry in 2018, she was reportedly dissuaded from doing so due to the doubtful provenance of the tiara, as per the news published in the British tabloids then.
    Yes, definitely you can opt for an emerald engagement ring. Since an emerald is the stone for rejuvenation and wisdom, it makes for the perfect choice for your engagement ring. The halo setting with diamonds would certainly make it the show stopper of your event.
    It is extremely difficult for an ordinary person to identify whether an emerald is genuine or not. Therefore, we recommend that you should purchase your emerald from a trustworthy source where you can get the certificate of authenticity from reputable bodies like GIA, AGL etc. At GemsNY, you can view all such certificates right on our website.
    Only a skilled specialist, such as a gemologist, or gem certifying authorities, such as GIA or AGL, can determine the true true value of an emerald stone. Nonetheless, the four Cs — color, clarity, cut, and carat weight – should be used to evaluate an emerald.