The world’s passion for emeralds began with Cleopatra during her reign as Queen of Egypt between 69 BC and 30 BC when they were first mined. It is documented that she was often adorned in emeralds. The emerald became her most treasured jewel.
Emeralds have a long and influential history and since the time of Cleopatra, the emerald has never been out of favour and worn by royalty and aristocrats the world over. The Incas worshipped them, Aristotle believed they had healing properties and increased confidence.
The name ‘emerald’ comes from the Latin word for green – “smaragdus”. Emerald is the birthstone for May and marks the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries.
The most famous emerald mines are found in Colombia, but are closely rivaled by Zambian mines as the emeralds from them are slightly cheaper. Other countries that mine emeralds are Afghanistan, Russia, Zimbabwe, Brazil, the United States and Madagascar.
Emeralds are part of the beryl mineral family and their fantastic green colour is produced by trace amounts of chromium and vanadium. Essentially the richness of the green hue, along with any inclusions will determine price. These green beauties, with the clearest surfaces and most vibrant green and because of their rarity can often fetch more than a diamond of the same carat weight.
Emeralds are cut by using a method called faceting, which is used to create various shapes like round, oval and pearl. However its the classic “emerald” cut that is most popular.
Emerald Buying Tips from The Jewellery Channel Experts:
- Avoid poor quality emeralds as they can be brittle because they have too many inclusions. Rather choose a higher quality, smaller stone than a larger stone of lower quality so that you can experience the passionate inner glow that distinguishes quality gems.
- Natural Colombian emeralds are arguably the best choice of stone in terms of quality, although their price will reflect this. Even laboratory produced Columbian stones are pricey.
- Avoid composite emeralds as they are glued together internally and will not possess the true beauty of the real thing.
- If you are offered a gemstone that is completely free of inclusions, it is likely to be a synthetic or imitation emerald.
- Emeralds should only be cleaned with mildly soapy warm water to prevent the removal of their treatment.
This is how the celebrities wear their Emeralds….
This is how you can wear Emeralds….
- Iliana 18K yellow gold 1.25ct pear cut Boyaca Colombian Emerald and Diamond Pendant with chain.
- 9K yellow gold oval cut Kagem Zambian Emerald and Diamond Ring.
- Kagem Zambian round cutEmerald ring in Platinum Overlay Sterling Silver.
- Kagem Zambian oval cut Emerald Ring in Platinum Overlay Sterling Silver.
- Kagem Zambian Emerald Platinum Overlay Sterling Silver Ring.
- Kagem Zambian 1.33ct Emerald and Diamond 14K yellow gold Ring.
- Kagem Zambian round cut Emerald Bracelet in Platinum Overlay Sterling Silver.
- 14K white gold 0.61ct oct cut Boyaca Colombian Emerald and Diamond Pendant with chain.
- Kagem Zambian round cut Emerald Stud Earrings in Platinum Overlay Sterling Silver.
Emeralds are simply stunning, they hold a mystical ancient aura about them. Whether it be a big statement necklace or a small pair of stud earrings, emerald’s luxurious beauty makes them a must have for your jewellery collection.