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May Birthstone: Emeralds

by Kate McCoy |

Emeralds are precious and very rare gemstones. They belong to the Beryl species of mineral the same as Aquamarine. This mineral species grow in a six sided crystal and usually have flat tops.

 

Rough Gem Image Coutesy of GIA.edu

Why We Love This Gemstone...

There is no other green gemstone that presents the same luscious green as Emerald.

Of all the gemstones, emerald has been a gem of fascination in many cultures for over six thousand years.

It is so prized, that carat for carat, a fine emerald may be two to three times as valuable as a diamond.

 Interestingly, records show that the stone was known and sold in markets in Babylon as early as 4000 BC. 

Many cultures throughout time have believed the emerald to be an enormously powerful stone. The Chaldeans, a tribe of people in Babylon, believed the stone contained a goddess. The Islamic faith, an amulet of an emerald might be engraved with a verse from the Koran. The ancient Egyptians believed the emerald stood for fertility and rebirth.

Where do they come from?

Emeralds are notoriously mined in Columbia, they are also found in Afghanistan, Zambia and Brazil. Afghani and Zambian Emeralds tend to have a slightly different more cool, bluish light to medium green tone than Columbian Emeralds which are generally a rich green with a touch more yellow tone of a medium tone. 

 

Images courtesy of "Bestingems"

Both are equally beautiful and prized on their transparency. Another quality to look for is the colour should be evenly distributed throughout the stone with minimal to no colour zoning. 

 

 

Text coutesy of GIA.edu

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