Emeralds have been one of the most popular stones for hundreds of years, spectacularly enchanting people due to their stunning green hues.
This beautifully mesmerising stone is the birthstone for the month of May, symbolising a renewal and rebirth, which are closely tied to the season of spring, as well as being a symbol of luxury.
Emeralds are formed when vanadium, chromium and iron are present in the mineral beryl. The colour of this gem is dependent upon the varying presence of each of the three elements, which produces a large range of green tones.
Iron results in a bluer tone to the gemstone, while chromium and vanadium result in a more intense green, however, it is the bluish-green to green stones that have a medium tone that are the most valuable.
Emeralds were first mined in Egypt, with the first known stones dating back to at least 330 BC. They were later used throughout Cleopatra's royal adornments, as she was such a huge fan of the captivating stone.
The most common cut for emeralds is, not surprisingly, emerald cut! The cut suits the natural six-sided prism formation of the gemstones, resulting in a bright and vibrant stone, so check out our fashionable Emerald jewellery at TJC, we have plenty of cuts that will suit your style and personality.
In some instances the stone has been worn in an attempt to ward off evil spirits and prevent possessions. It was also often taken on journeys to provide protection and good fortune, while other cultures have believed that the stone will help to strengthen memory, allow the wearer to predict the future and help to heal any physical ailments.
In Ancient Egypt, many people were buried with emeralds around their necks as it was believed the stones could bring them eternal youth.
The majority of natural emeralds have inclusions and blemishes that are visible without the need for magnification. These inclusions are one the main factors that affect the price of the stone, with some emeralds being worth a very small sum per carat, while the cleanest stones can fetch thousands of pounds per carat.
It is generally a good idea to pay more for higher quality emeralds, as the poorer stones will be more brittle due to the fact they have more inclusions. This makes them more prone to physical signs of damage. When it comes to the best quality stones, natural Colombian emeralds are the best quality and perfect for jewellery settings, however, for a cheaper alternative, our range of Zambian emeralds is another great choice!
With this in mind, you should wear them with care to avoid fractures. Opt for Emerald Earrings or Emerald necklace jewellery as these jewellery pieces tend to experience less daily wear and tear, however, if you’re looking for a showstopping piece, then our Emerald rings and Emerald bracelets and your perfect option.