BIRTHSTONES & ANNIVERSARIES
As the gem of spring, emerald is the perfect choice as the birthstone for the month of May. It’s also the gem of the twentieth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversaries.
2.97 BILLION YEARS
Age of the oldest emeralds, from South Africa.
Pharaoh known for her passion for emeralds.
2011 sales price for Elizabeth Taylor’s emerald pendant – a record $280,000 per carat.
- Mineral: Beryl
Some gemstones have synthetic counterparts that have essentially the same chemical, physical and optical properties, but are grown by man in a laboratory.
Any gem can be imitated – sometimes by man-made materials or by natural materials chosen by man to impersonate a particular gem.
WHY WE LOVE THIS GEMSTONE
Three-phase inclusions in Colombian emeralds contain tiny crystals of rock salt, liquid and a bubble of gas.
The best emerald crystals are gorgeous flat-topped green hexagonal columns that are as beautiful as faceted stones.
The first known emerald mines were in Egypt. It is believed that these mines were worked as early as 3500BC.
Emerald has been the standard for green coloured stones for millennia.
The most desirable emerald colours are bluish green to pure green, with vivid colour saturation.
In Emerald expect to see inclusions that dealers like to call an internal “jardin”, or garden.
Due to the crystal shape emeralds are commonly cut as rectangular step cuts called emerald cuts.
Because its density is lower, a one-carat emerald will appear larger in size than a one-carat diamond.