Emerald is one of the most beloved and valued gemstones due to its beauty, durability, and rarity! It is a form of Beryl.
What color are Emeralds and why? Beryl usually found in green, but it can also be found in other colors, such as pink. Pure Beryl is white, and the green Emerald form is created by trapped Chromium within the stone. Emeralds’ value depends much on the color, darker green is worth more. A very pale Emerald will simply be called Green Beryl, and another blue-green form is Aquamarine.
Is there such thing as a flawless Emerald? A flawless Emerald is extremely uncommon, and very valuable because this gem is notorious for flaws. In fact, many collectors prefer flaws to help prove authenticity. Emeralds are usually treated with oil to help minimize flaws.
Where do Emeralds come from? The most prized Emeralds come from Columbia, while Brazilian Emeralds may be lighter. The gem is also found in other countries including Zambia, Australia, and the United States. In fact, when visiting North Carolina, one can gem mine at natural Emerald mines!
What are the metaphysical properties of Emerald? Emerald is said to bring love and wealth. It is the May birthstone, and the anniversary stone for the 20th, 35th, and 55th years of marriage.
How do I clean and care for Emeralds? Emeralds should be cleaned with a soft, dry cloth. Avoid drastic temperature changes, chemicals, and ultrasonic jewelry cleaners. Extreme temperatures and blows can create internal cracks.