Emerald jewellery pieces are known for their mesmeric green colour. Derived from the Greek word smaragdus, meaning ‘green gem’, emeralds evoke luxury and elegance in a way no other coloured gemstone does. This gorgeous, classical gemstone has adorned women of every age. Many historical figures of royalty and modern-day celebrities have been pictured wearing this gemstone. Throughout this guide, we will explore the abundance of reasons why emerald is a must-have for your jewellery collection.
A brief history of emerald
Emerald is one of the most desirable and historical gemstones of all time. The first known mines were in Egypt, and date back as far as 4,000 BC. Cleopatra was said to be fascinated with the unique charm of this gemstone. Because of this, she wore the finest of emeralds herself. Ancient Greeks who were working at the mines of Alexander the Great were said to have yielded their gems to the Egyptian Queen too. Clepoatras’s mines were once thought to be nothing but a myth. However, they were rediscovered on the coast of the famous Red Sea in 1817. As a result of this rediscovery, significant credibility was added to her legendary name.
Many historical figures, not just Cleopatra, had great links to this gemstone and would often wear it themselves. The architect of the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan, inscribed emeralds with sacred text and wore them as a talisman. Dating back to 1695, his ‘Mogul Mughal Emerald’ is regarded as one of the most famous emerald pieces of all time. Another renowned emerald is the 323-carat ‘Patrica Emerald’ which was found in Columbia. Named after the daughter of the mine owner, this emerald is still in its rough crystal form. It is on display in the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
The late Queen Elizabeth II had several spectacular emeralds in her Royal Collection. There are also 11 emeralds in the Imperial State Crown, and many of the other Crown Jewels feature the gorgeous green stone.
Emerald in the current day
Today, only ruins remain in Eygpt. Columbia, Brazil, and Zambia are the countries which now mine this gemstone. Even though all three of these countries produce these gorgeous green gemstones, the success of the Columbian mines is unmatched. Columbia produces between 70% to 90% of the total global emerald supply.
What exactly is emerald?
Emerald is a variety of the mineral beryl. More specifically, it’s the green variety that gets its colour from the impurities of either chromium or vanadium.
When chromium, vanadium, and iron are present in the mineral beryl, emerald forms. The varying presence of these three elements gives emerald its range of colour. Chromium and vanadium make an intense green colour. Iron gives the stone a bluish tint. A perfect bluish green is usually the most sought-after hue, however, each person has their preference.
There are several types of emeralds, with Trapiche being the rarest. This truly remarkable gemstone has six distinct spokes on its surface. Many people perceive these spokes are imperfections, however, they serve a remarkable purpose. They guide light through the gemstone, enhancing its overall visual appeal and luminosity. This unique characteristic sets Tripache apart from any other emerald type and makes them cherished treasures to enthusiasts.
Why buy emerald jewellery?
There are several reasons why emeralds are the perfect choice for jewellery. The first is that emeralds are extremely versatile. Many enthusiasts cherish emeralds for their flexible abilities. They are the perfect gemstone to bring colour to any jewellery piece. Natural emerald jewellery makes up some of the more finer works of art known to the gemstone market. A pair of natural emerald earrings will help you stand out from others due to their elegant and luxurious nature. If you want to purchase a piece of emerald jewellery you’ll have many choices to select from. The beautiful shades of emerald complement many colours and metal materials. There’s almost nothing that doesn’t pair with a natural emerald.
Its spiritual significance
If you are a ritualistic individual who has an interest in astrology there should be a piece of emerald jewellery in your collection. For centuries, emeralds have been known for their exquisite beauty and profound spiritual significance. Emeralds generally signify abundance, prosperity, and growth within all aspects of life. In Ancient Egypt and South America, emeralds were considered sacred and believed to possess healing powers. Emerald is also the birthstone for May. If you’re born during this month you’re said to be blessed with its green radiance. As a birthstone, emerald is believed to bestow its wearer with love, abundance, and protection.
They have great value
Emeralds are among the most beautiful and valuable gemstones in the world. Their gorgeous green shades add a touch of class to any piece of jewellery. The value of emeralds has been steadily increasing over the years. This is due to high demand and limited supply. Depending on the size, quality and colour of the stone, the price of emeralds ranges from a few hundred dollars per carat to tens of thousands! Emeralds with a deep green hue and few flaws are more valuable in comparison to those with a bluish hue and visible inclusions. An emerald’s cut and origin can also influence its value. With the right care and maintenance, an emerald can last for generations. This means emerald is a timeless investment piece of jewellery with huge potential to add value in years to come.
This beautiful Art Deco-inspired ring is crafted from 9-carat yellow gold for a luxurious finish. Yellow gold is a classic and timeless choice for emerald jewellery due to its warm hue and perfectly polished appearance. A vibrant focal point is created from the gorgeous green emerald placed at the centre of the ring. The two rows of small round brilliant cut diamonds are positioned on either side of the emerald. The purpose of this is to frame the emerald and accentuate the vintage-inspired straight lines of the cut. The vibrant green emerald, white diamonds, and warm gold ring contrast each other to make the ring stand out on the finger. This piece of emerald jewellery is a perfect choice for an engagement ring or even a gift for a wedding anniversary.
This beautiful charm is made from stainless steel and bonded rose gold. The May birthstone, emerald, is situated next to the word ‘May’ itself. Because of its ingenious spring mechanism, this charm can be attached to any Nomination bracelet. This piece of emerald jewellery is not how you would typically showcase the gemstone. But because of its spiritual and astrological connotations, it makes the perfect piece for those ritualistic individuals who relate to these stones so greatly.
This beautiful Art Deco-inspired pendant is crafted from 9-carat yellow gold for a luxurious finish. This pendant is a testament to timeless beauty and unmatched craftsmanship. At its heart is a radiant emerald surrounded by symmetrically tiered diamonds. Each diamond is set to echo the architectural designs of the era. This creates an image of opulence and worth. This piece of emerald jewellery is a perfect choice for an engagement present or even a gift for a wedding anniversary. There is also a matching pair of earrings that reflect the elegance of this pendant. These will look extremely classy when paired together and are the perfect pairing to elevate any outfit.
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