2. Emerald is a variation of “beryl,” which also forms the semi-precious gemstone, aquamarine.
3. If a beryl formation lacks richness in its green shade, it won’t be considered emerald. It would be called “green beryl.”
4. The varying traces of chromium, iron, and/or vanadium determine the color of an emerald.
5. The cut of an emerald plays a big role in bringing out the best in its color, hence the famous “emerald cut.”
6. A 1-carat emerald is usually larger in size than a 1-carat diamond because emeralds are lower in density.
7. Emeralds are rarer – and usually more expensive – than diamonds.
8. The first synthetic emerald was created by American chemist Caroll Catham in 1935 and can now be found at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
9. Unlike diamonds, an emerald is typically graded by the naked eye.
10. It is highly rare for an emerald not to have imperfections or inclusions – which are referred to by some gemologists as “jardin,” French for “garden.”
11. It is advised to clean emeralds with warm water and avoid ultrasonic cleaners because of the inclusions that emeralds tend to have.
Though classified as precious gemstones, emeralds still don’t receive the level of attention they deserve. Though the stone is often valued higher than diamonds, marketers tend to place the latter first, affecting the level of demand towards emeralds from all angles. But, the stone’s green hue makes it stand out, turning pieces of jewelry into unique treasures on their own. Owning an emerald-rich piece is not only a valuable investment, but it is also a unique addition to your existing jewelry collection.