Introduction to Emerald

What is Emerald?

Of all the gems used in jewelry, emerald remains the most misunderstood and yet also the most valuable (yes, in many cases, more than diamonds).Emeralds are a variety of the family of minerals known as beryl; aquamarine and morganites are also beryls.

They range in colour from a light to a deep green colour and are found in many parts of the world, most notably Colombia, which remains one of the most well known spots to mine emeralds (also commanding some of highest prices). 

    Emerald Ring Switzerland 925 silver


    What is the history of this gem and where is it found?
    Emeralds have arguably the most interesting and richest histories in gemmology. Spanish explorers prized emeralds from the Inca tribes of modern day South America and introduced the wider European market to their beauty and subsequent value. 
    Spanish castle Spain
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    What is the gem's symbolism?

    Naturally, the gem has been associated with royalty thanks to its rich history with the Spanish court. But it was also highly praised in Antiquity. Cleopatra, for example, surrounded herself with the gem, thought to be a symbol of her strength.

    In Eastern cultures, such as Hinduism, it's believed to untap the Heart Chakra (Read our Chakra guide here

    Emerald is the birthstone for which month?

    May

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