The name Emerald derives from the Greek word smaragdus, it means ‘green gem’. Emerald is the most precious gemstone in the beryl group of crystals (Mohs hardness scale – 7.5 to 8). Its colouring is incomparable, and is therefore called ‘Emerald green’ with the most known and famous source found in Columbia. The colouring agent for ‘real Emerald’ is chromium. Beryl’s that are coloured by vanadium should be called “green beryl” and not Emerald.
Emerald is one of the few gems where visible inclusions are acceptable, as most natural gems are heavily included and have surface reaching fissures. Emerald will occur in varying shades of green, with soft undertones of blue or yellow depending on the Emeralds origin. Fine quality Emeralds are also mined in Zambia, Columbia, Brazil, Zimbabwe and India.
Can I wear it every day? It depends on two things, what you do for a living and how hard you will be on the Emerald in terms of impact. The second relates to the quality of the Emerald, how much or little natural inclusion the Emerald has. The more heavily included the Emerald is the more chance of damage or breakage.
Is Emerald a birthstone? Yes, it is the birthstone for May.
Is Emerald expensive? The best examples of fine quality Emerald are very expensive, hard to find, and in great demand from lovers of Emerald. You will also find very low or poor grade Emerald or Emerald look-a-likes that are very cheap and affordable.
What colours does Emerald come in? The classic ‘Emerald green’ is sometimes described as a ‘sap or grass green’. Depending on origin it can have undertones of blue or yellow.
There are many alternative gemstone choices that have similar colour & visual characteristics to Emerald. If you’d like to learn more about your best options or arrange a personal gemstone viewing in our Parramatta studio, please call us on (02) 9689 3396 or contact us here.