Emerald Gemstones: The Jewels of the Nile
Thousands of years ago, the earliest emerald were discovered in Egyptian mines dating back to 2000 B.C. Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt had a large cadre of emeralds and other jewels, but it is said that she loved her emerald jewelry the best. As the precious gem associated with the goddess Venus, emerald is also commonly believed to aid in fertility. Even today, Hollywood trendsetters adorn themselves with this magnificent stone: Angelina Jolie wore a pair of emerald earrings to the 2008 Academy Awards ceremony to symbolize her hope for world peace.
A gift of emerald is thought to be symbolic of love and the desire for a loved one's safe travel and speedy homecoming. Far from being only a winter gem, the emerald, with its brilliance and multitude of colors, is truly one for any season.
EMERALD: the birthstone of May, and from the beryl mineral family, the emerald has been a prized possession of royalty since ancient times and a good quality emerald can be as or even more expensive than a fine diamond of the same carat. Emeralds are considered the traditional gift for the 55th wedding anniversary. More about colored gemstones.
The legendary magnificence of the emerald throughout time has led to it being one of the most popular gemstones in jewelry design.
Rough-cut emeralds are set in some of our more popular and affordable emerald jewelry, and while these pieces do not have the translucency of the rarest emeralds, they do evince a captivating green and depth of tone. Look for these stones in our more affordable emerald rings, bracelets, and emerald necklaces. Note, too, that as the carat weight, uniformity of color and translucency increases, the rarity and price of emeralds increases dramatically.
Deposits can be found in Siberia, Afghanistan, other parts of Africa, Pakistan, Brazil, and Madagascar along with secondary sites around the world Ã¢â‚¬â€ including the Carolinas in the United States. The Columbian Emerald is perhaps the most prized for its incredible vivid greens and transparency.
Emerald Jewelry Care & Handling
Emeralds are a relatively hard stone, 7.5 on the Mohs, and are often coated with oil to enhance the clarity. Care should be exercised when both wearing and cleaning emerald jewelry. The high internal inclusions found in most emeralds make them very susceptible to sharp blows and sudden temperature changes. The safest and best way to clean a piece of jewelry containing emeralds is with lukewarm water, a very mild soap and a soft cloth. Be sure to rinse and dry your jewelry thoroughly after cleaning.