Posted on May 20, 2014 by

All About Emeralds

Emeralds have been prized for their rich green color for centuries.  When emeralds were first mined in Egypt, Cleopatra and others believed that the stones possessed powers and would wear them for their health benefits. Later, philosophers believed that wearing emeralds would bring luck and protection.  Aristotle once said that a man who carried an emerald to trial would find the ruling in his favor.  Still today, believers value the stone not only for beauty but for the associated good fortune.

 

Learn About Emeralds

 

Heart Shaped Natural Emeralds

Heart Shaped Natural Emeralds

 

If emerald lore does not interest you, the beautiful color just may.  Desirable emeralds have a pure green or a slightly bluish green tone with vivid saturation.  Emeralds often have visible inclusions, referred to as “jardin” which is French for garden. They are considered acceptable due to the nature of the crystal and flawless stones are quite rare.  Some emeralds are treated with fillers to close fractures and enhance their appearance.  For this reason, they must be cleaned with warm water and soap only.  Ultrasonic or steam cleaning can do more harm than good if the stone has been filled.  Emeralds are also much more fragile than diamonds and should be set in a mounting that will protect the stone from breaking or worn only when they can be treated carefully.

 

The color green signifies balance, harmony and growth. Emeralds are considered to be the “gem of spring time” and are the traditional birthstone for the month of May.  The color green also promotes stability, endurance and prosperity, making them the gemstone of choice for the twentieth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversaries.

 

 

Natural Emerald and Diamond Ring in 18K Two Tone Gold

Natural Emerald and Diamond Ring in 18K Two Tone Gold

 

The most talked about emeralds come from Colombia and are known for their rich color.  Colombian emeralds are rare and generally more expensive than emeralds from other parts of the world.  Zambian emeralds are a great alternative because their color is comparable and they tend to be competitively priced.  However, each gemstone is different and the beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

 

Gemfields is a great resource for more detail.  Their ambassador, Mila Kunis has said, “It’s really a luxury to own jewelry and gemstones. If you’re in a position to do so, you’re fortunate. Given that, I think it’s important to pay attention to what you’re wearing and where it came from.”  As with all our products, the emeralds found on Diamond Envy are conflict-free and has been obtained from ethical sources.

 

How do you feel about emeralds? Are you luck enough to own one (or multiple!)?  Let us know in the comments! To learn even more about this beautiful green gemstone, read our guide to natural emeralds.


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