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Sep 02.2019

GO GREEN: 11 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT EMERALDS

While diamonds may have a bigger slice of the attention pie, there are more to gemstones than just diamonds. Emeralds – with their unmatched, rich, and natural hue – are in a class of their own, radiating beauty across any item they are added to.

The beautiful stone has fascinated generations as early as Ancient Egyptians and characters as popular as Elizabeth Taylor, making it a gem worth treasuring. But how much do you really know about emeralds, a stone whose value and price sometimes surpasses that of diamonds? Here is a glimpse of some of its interesting nature and history:

1. Emeralds are one of the four precious gemstones in the world. The other three are diamond, ruby, and sapphire.

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.

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