One of the most beautiful and instantly recognizable gemstones, the emerald has been treasured for its beauty for centuries. Understand the beautiful background of emeralds below.
- Popular with everyone from Queen Cleopatra to Elizabeth Taylor, the emerald is the only gemstone to have a gem cut named after it. The emerald cut is a rectangular outline step-cut in which the large facets give a clear, striking view of the emerald's rich color.
- The emerald is the birthstone for May and has long been considered symbolic of rebirth and spring.
- The Spanish spent years searching for the source of the large and fine emeralds used by the Incas and finally found it in what is now Colombia. Today these same mines are among the most plentiful emerald mines in the world, along with mines in Brazil, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
- Inclusions are tolerated in emeralds, but top quality emeralds can be more valuable than diamonds.
- Emerald comes from the Greek ‘esmeralde’ which means ‘green gemstone’.
- Since emeralds are one of the most beautiful gemstones, they are most valuable and desired. Which leads to several imitations of them gemstone. It is very important to protect yourself from fakes.
- Always purchase the gemstone from a specialist that you trust and know well.
- Large emeralds should be purchased with a report from a gemological institution.
- Purchase an emerald of larger dimensions, as they do not begin to show their bright and beautiful color until a certain size.
Emerald Gemstone Information
Now that you have learned about the beauty of emeralds, check out Michael C. Fina’s guide on How to Clean Emeralds.