The origin of the word emerald comes from ancient Greek « smaragdos » that means « green stone « . At the time, all green stones were called emeralds. Basically 2 criteria need to be taken into consideration when buying an emerald: clarity and color.
Clarity: one characteristic of an emerald is that there is never perfect clarity (except for a few gemstones of very high quality). Inclusions such as liquid, gas bubbles, other cristals,… are not defects but rather proof that the gemstone is natural and not synthetic. When inclusions are mentioned for emeralds it is specified that it is frost or when grouped « a garden »
Color: The color of emeralds comes from the presence of chrome and vanadium. The deeper the green the higher the price and the paler the green the lower the cost will be. Emeralds can be treated to improve the color. For more information go to: color treated precious gemstones
This gemstone is fragile. It scratches easily and is sensitive to chemical products and must therefore be cleaned with non corrosive products, and any heat shock should be avoided.
the Incas, the Mogul Indians and Ancient Greeks. Les pharaons loved wearing this precious gemstone and Cleopatra’s emeralds were very famous.
Today emeralds are well liked but were very rare until the discovery of mines in Colombia by the conquistadors. The most well-known are the Muzo mines which have produced the most beautiful emeralds and are located at a very high altitude and not easily accessible.
Today Colombian emeralds are the most beautiful and Brazil produces the biggest quantity of emeralds. Excellent quality emeralds, though rare, can also be found in the Ural mountains region. Those found in South Africa are of average quality despite a few exceptions.
Gemstones that resemble emeralds the most are: beryl aqua-marine, jade, chrysoprase, peridot, green tourmaline, apatite, tsavorite garnet, garnet, demantoid garnet, grossularite garnet, uvarovite garnet,
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