MAY BIRTHSTONE: EMERALD

emerald jewelry set on white gold

Owing to their dazzling blue color, sapphires have been associated with mystical powers throughout history. Various leaders have worn sapphires to symbolize heaven and eternal happiness. Kings and queens adored sapphires and wore necklaces and rings which featured sapphires. In this post, we have compiled the most frequently asked questions about these sought-after gemstones.

What are the inclusions in emeralds?

Inclusions are foreign materials that get trapped inside emeralds during their formation process. These give a hazy appearance to emeralds and are a characteristic feature of these gorgeous gems. Since synthetic emeralds wouldn't have these inclusions, they are a great way to confirm the genuineness of the gem. These inclusions are also one of the factors which determine the value of emeralds. Emeralds with fewer inclusions tend to have a higher value.

Where do emeralds come from?

Emeralds are found in many countries such as Brazil, India, and Colombia. The largest emerald ever mined, which weighs over 700 pounds was unearthed in Bahia, Brazil. In general, Colombian emeralds are thought to be the most valuable. Colombian emeralds tend to have a deeper green hue.

Are emeralds brittle?

Emeralds have a rating of 8 on the Mohs hardness scale, which makes them relatively durable. Even though they are not as strong as diamonds, rubies, or sapphires, they may be worn daily. We recommend that you take off your emerald jewelry before engaging in physical activity. To preserve your emeralds from possible damage, you should wear your emeralds jewelry after using skincare products and perfumes.

Which metals best suit emeralds?

Metals such as white gold, silver, and emerald puts emphasis on your emerald gemstone. Yellow gold and emerald give a more vintage look. If you would like to have a contrasted look, rose gold and emerald may be a good pair.

What is the history behind emeralds?

Emeralds are first thought to be mined in Egypt around 1500 BC. Cleopatra is one of the biggest admirers of emeralds. Cleopatra had a rich emerald collection and, she was very passionate about the gemstone. Egyptians have associated the color green with fertility and rebirth. They would bury their departed ones with emeralds. Cleopatra and the Egyptians also assumed that emerald could be used to treat eye diseases.

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