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Amazing Facts About Emerald Gemstone

The colour green isn't for everyone, but emeralds are in a class by themselves. The stone's color is unparalleled which makes it among the most sought-after stones that are available. 

Emerald consistently outperforms other green gems, like tourmaline and peridot due to its vibrant blueish-green hue. What's an emerald if not an intriguing story and legend? 

These concise and straightforward facts about emeralds Gemstone can help you rekindle your love for this precious gem, regardless of what you think of its color.

Emerald Know-How

  • Emerald is among the four gemstones with a reputation for being precious. The other three are sapphire, ruby, and diamond.

  • Emerald is considered to be the stone of birth for May. It is the standard present for the 20th, 35th, and 55th wedding anniversary celebrations in the US.

  • Emerald is a gemstone made of beryl, which is similar to the aquamarine gemstone.

  • Emerald has its green hue due to tiny amounts of chromium or vanadium.

  • One carat emerald looks larger than a diamond with a carat because of its smaller density.

  • Emerald is measured between 7.5 and 8 in the Mohs scale of hardness. While these stones are extremely durable the emerald is susceptible to cracking and chipping. They are also more costly to make jewelry because of the risks that come with them.

  • Colombia is the biggest producer of emeralds. They account for more than 50 % of the total emerald output worldwide.

Emerald History

  • 2.97 billion years ago, the earliest emeralds were discovered.

  • Emeralds that were the first to be discovered were discovered in Egypt in the 1500s BC.

  • One of Cleopatra's most loved stones was the emerald. Her love for it is well-documented.

  • Emeralds came into South America in the 16th century by the Spanish. They were also used by the Incas prior to this discovery.

  • The Spanish traded emeralds in Europe and Asia to purchase precious metals which allowed the trade in emeralds to all of the worlds.

  • Emeralds were first found on the continent of North America in the Yukon Territory in 1997. However, huge deposits of emeralds throughout the United States and further north are extremely rare.

  • Synthetic sapphire and Ruby were developed in 1907, however, synthetic emeralds didn't get developed until 1935, when American chemical engineer Carroll Chatham successfully grew his first one-carat Chatham emerald. The stone is in the Smithsonian Institute. Smithsonian Institute.

Emerald Symbolism and Lore

  • According to folklore from the past, the act of putting an emerald on your tongue could help one to see the future.

  • Emeralds were believed to guard against loss of memory and improve intelligence.

  • Are you unsure of what your partner is saying is genuine? Emerald is believed to function as a sort of truth potion that helped discern whether the promises of the lover were real or fake.

  • The soft, soothing color of emeralds helped the early lapidaries relax their eyes after a long time of focus. It is believed to relax and ease eye strain.

Emerald Value

  • The price of emeralds is higher than diamonds, on an individual basis.

  • The majority of emeralds exhibit some form of imperfections or inclusions and emeralds with no imperfections or inclusions are uncommon. In lieu of imperfection, dealers prefer to refer to emerald inclusions as an internal garden ("garden" to use French).

  • Cut, clarity, color weight, and cut are four elements that decide the value of an Emerald. The most crucial of the four is the color. The best color is bright green or bluish-green, with uniform saturation and without color zone.

  • High-quality, valuable emeralds are extremely transparent and don't appear to be heavy or dark. Green beryl that's too light in hue might not be considered an emerald by some gemologists.

  • A gemologist assesses the clarity of a diamond using a loupe with 10x. The clarity of an emerald is usually assessed using your naked eyes.

  • Elizabeth Taylor's emerald necklace sold for $6.5 million in 2011, which works out to about $280,000 per carat.

  • The Duke of Devonshire Emerald, weighing 1,383.93 carats, is one of the largest uncut emeralds ever discovered.

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