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Emerald

Undoubtedly the most valued and well known member of the Beryl gem family, Emerald conjures images of great riches and treasure. Emerald, from the greek term ‘smaragdos’ translates to ‘green stone’.

Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May, and can be used as a wedding anniversary stone to celebrate 20 and 35 years of marriage.

Emerald is the Zodiac stone for Taurus, and is thought to convey the mythical trait of ‘Joy’.

The green color in Emerald comes from the presence of chromium in its chemical composition. An interesting note is that whilst Columbia and Brazil have long been known for being prime sources for producing raw Emerald, the state of Jaipur in India has been regarded as the world’s prime Emerald cutting centre.

 

 

When sourcing Emerald an interesting fact is that the majority of Emeralds are often presented to potential buyers in an ‘oiled’ state eg they have been lightly heated in a bath of baby oil, palm oil etc. This is done to accentuate the color of the Emerald, but also makes identification of cracks and fissures so often found in Emeralds, all the more difficult to discern.

Important locations from which Emerald is sourced include Columbia, Brazil, Afghanistan, India, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Russia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar. Blossomjewels typically sources its Emerald from Brazil, parts of Africa or Mozambique.

Emerald is reasonably hard with a Mohs’ rating in the range of 7.5 to 8/10. This being said Emerald is known for being brittle and care must be taken in their fashioning and day to day wear. Blossomjewels typically recommends using Emeralds in pendants or brooches or rings worn only on special occasions. In addition, Emerald jewelry should never be subjected to an jeweler’s ultrasonic cleaning machine as almost all Emeralds are found to have minute cracks, these may shatter if subjected to ultrasonic cleaning.

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