18K Yellow Gold Ring with a 2.09 ct Emerald accented with Diamonds (Style RE0OC000209E)

14k Yellow Gold Tennis Bracelet with 1.08 tcw Emerald and 1.26 tcw Diamonds (Style BCC308E11CI)

Emerald example


Origin: Columbia, Brazil, and Zimbabwe

Species: Beryl

Hardness: 7.5-8 on Mohs Scale

Birthstone Month: May

Emerald, belonging to the beryl family, obtains its captivating green color from the presence of the trace element chromium. As a characteristic feature of emeralds, it is not uncommon to observe inclusions within the gemstone, which are a result of the crystal's growth conditions and structure.

To enhance the color and clarity of emeralds, they are often subjected to treatment processes such as oiling, resin application, or wax coating. This treatment, known as "oiling," aims to improve the gemstone's overall appearance by reducing the visibility of inclusions and enhancing its visual appeal.

The term "emerald" finds its origins in the Latin word "smaragdus," which can be traced back to the Greek word "smaragdos" meaning "green stone." The word likely evolved from an ancient term used to describe various green stones, including emeralds.

Throughout history, emeralds have been associated with wealth and power. It is said that Cleopatra, the famed Egyptian queen, welcomed the Romans while reclining on a bed adorned with emeralds, showcasing her opulence and influence. Egypt is believed to be the location of the world's first emerald mine, further highlighting the historical significance of emeralds in this region.

Learn more on our podcast:

Gem Junkies episode: Cleopatra- Girl Loves Her Emeralds