Emerald Jewelry – May’s Birthstone
Emerald History and Facts
At JWO Jeweler’s we’re setting our sights on the beautiful Emerald Gemstone, which comes in the vibrant green color of a dark forest and stuns anyone who lays eyes on it. It happens to be May’s Birthstone – for some lucky folks we might add.
Emeralds are considered to be a symbol of rebirth and love. They are the rarest gemstones in existence and are typically mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia. An emerald is a variety of the mineral beryl, colored green from chromium or vanadium. Because the resistance of an emerald to breakage is poor, jewelry made from the stone should be treated with the utmost care and respect.
The word “Emerald” comes from the Latin word “Esmeralda.” This name originated in Ancient Greece from a phrase meaning “green gem.”
Emeralds are graded using four parameters, like any other gemstone. These are the four Cs: color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. Usually, color is the most important of all four qualities. When it comes to emeralds, clarity is a close second. The best emeralds should have a pure green hue to be considered a top gem – but they must also have a high degree of transparency.
In America, emeralds come in two different shades. Colombian Emeralds, or pieces of green vanadium-bearing beryl, are not recognized in the UK or Europe. These countries recognize only chromium-bearing beryl pieces.
The color of a gem is split into three components: saturation, hue, and tone. Emeralds can be yellow-green or blue-green in hue, although the primary hue must be green. Only gems that are medium or dark-toned can be considered Emeralds. Light-toned gems are known as green beryl pieces. The emerald has been mined in Egypt 1500 BC, as well as India and Austria since the 14th century. By far, Colombia is the biggest producer of emeralds, with more than 50 to 95 percent of total world production. Overall production increased significantly from 2000 to 2010 – by more than 78 percent.
Emeralds can also be found in Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Germany, Italy, the United States, Zimbabwe, and some other countries. In the United States, the stone can be found in Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Connecticut.
Cleopatra, a monarch in Egypt, was famous for wearing emeralds during her time. Egyptian mummies were sometimes found buried with an emerald as a symbol of eternal youth.
The deeper the color and the more vivid the stone, the more valuable an emerald can be. The most valuable emeralds exhibit an intense blue tone in addition to their green color.
Whether you are celebrating your birthday or the one of a loved one, May is the perfect time to purchase Emerald Jewelry for Mother’s Day or a Birthday. At JWO Jewelers, you can work in close collaboration with Heidi and Krist to create a timeless piece that captures your heart. Whether you want a bracelet, a necklace, earrings, or something more, we’re here to help.
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