Emeralds are classic gemstones that have their own class. Its shine and lustre radiates from far, vibrant green making them irresistibly attractive. These stones are a luxury to own and the perfect choice to grace an attractive jewelry collection. There are many facts associated with this gemstone that make them special.
The first known emeralds were mined in Egypt and the Egyptians believed that this gemstone can help the wearer to see the future and cure eye strains.
Emeralds are one of the top four precious gemstones.
These gemstones are the classic gift for the 20th, 35th and 55th wedding anniversary.
Emeralds attain their classic green color from a small amount of chromium and/or vanadium.
Due to the low density of emeralds, a 1 carat emerald appears larger than a 1 carat diamond.
Colombia is the country that yields the largest amount of emerald contributing to about 50% of the total emerald production in the world.
A high-quality emerald can cost more than a diamond on carat basis. However, most emeralds have imperfections or inclusions and finding a flawless emerald is quite difficult.
The four factors that determine the value of emeralds include color, cut, clarity and carat. The most important quality measure for an emerald is its color and the best-preferred colors are bluish green and vivid green without color zoning and even saturation.
The quality of an emerald can be often assured through naked eyes, unlike diamonds for which the gemologist needs to judge the clarity grading using a 10x loupe.