The following are interesting facts about emeralds whose value and price, which can sometimes surpass diamonds, is only a part of their interesting nature and history.
1.Emerald is one of only four precious gemstones (hyperlink to article on precious gemstones). The other three are diamond, ruby and sapphire.
2.Emerald is a variation of beryl which also forms the semi-precious gemstone of aquamarine.
3.If a beryl formation lacks richness in the green color, it is not emerald, but “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.Emerald is rarer, and usually more expensive, than diamond.
8.The first synthetic emerald has been 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’s 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’s advised to clean emeralds with warm water and avoid ultrasonic cleaners because of the inclusions than emeralds tend to have.
Though classified as precious gemstones, emeralds may still not have the attention they deserve. Even though emeralds, in general, are higher in value and price than diamonds, marketers tend to place diamonds first, which plays a big role in the increase in their demand compared to emeralds. On the other hand, the fact that emeralds are green, this means that it may not be for everyone or every occasion. After all, jewelry is all about reflecting its wearer’s personality and style.