Emeralds. The natural warmth of green
Intense, unique, faceted, unpolished. Its beautiful green color, combined with durability and rarity, make it one of the most desirable and highly valued colored stones.
Emerald is a member of the beryl family which is colorless in its pure form. Thanks to the presence of impurities, this mineral can be blue, green, pink, red, yellow and orange. Trace amounts chromium or vanadium in the mineral cause it to develop a green color. Pliny the Elder, the great naturalist of Antiquity, wrote that “no colour is more delightful in appearance. For although we enjoy looking at plants and leaves, we regard Emeralds with all the more pleasure because compared with them there is nothing that is more intensely green”.
Emeralds has the longest history. Some evidence indicates that emerald deposits in Egypt may have been exploited as early as 3500 BC. However, most of the Egyptian emeralds were pale, drab and heavily flawed. It wasn’t until the 1500’s, when the Spanish invaded the Americas, that Europeans realized how beautiful an emerald could be because vast quantities of Colombian emeralds were brought to Europe by the conquistadors.
Get comfortable and enjoy this lush striking natural green!
Newman, Renee. Gemstone buying guide; how to evalute, identify, select and care for colored gems. Los Angeles: International Jewelry Publications, 2016.