Emerald is a gemstone which comes from the Beryl mineral. This gemstone is popular for its amazing green color and many prefer to wear it in rings and earrings. Not all Emeralds look the same and it is only the Emeralds with great clarity that looks good together with diamonds or solo in exclusive jewelry. Regular compact looking Emeralds are also pretty but they won’t give you the same fancy feeling as the clear types.
The Emerald gemstone is a symbol of natural beauty and it is also the birthstone for May when many parts of the world are in lush spring green colors. Traditionally the Emerald has represented everlasting friendship and love which is why this gemstone is especially popular among couples who wish to express their affection and commitment. If you give your soul mate Emerald jewelry you just can’t go wrong!
There is something absolutely majestic about the Emerald gemstone which is felt in any piece of jewelry that it adorns. To be labeled as an Emerald the gemstone must keep a deep green and bluish color. If the green becomes too plain the Emerald is simply called a green Beryl gemstone. A clear Emerald is always sought after but naturally it is very hard to find an Emerald gemstone without any flaws.
During the natural process which creates an Emerald a lot of pressure is applied to the stone which leads to many inclusions. If you can’t see these flaws and inclusions by the naked eye the Emerald is considered a high clarity stone and is therefore deemed very valuable. It is also important that the Emerald keeps an even coloring and sometimes this is enhanced artificially to create the best looking gemstone.
Colour : The most desirable emerald colors are bluish green to pure green, with vivid color saturation and tone that’s not too dark. The most-prized emeralds are highly transparent. Their color is evenly distributed, with no eye-visible color zoning.
Clarity : Emeralds typically contain inclusions that are visible to the unaided eye. Because of this, trade members and some consumers understand and accept the presence of inclusions in emeralds. Eye-clean emeralds are especially valuable because they’re so rare.
Cut : The most popular cut is the emerald shape due to the original shape of the crystals. Well cut stones maximize the beauty of the color while minimizing the impact of fissures, and creating a bright, lively stone.
Carat Weight : Fashioned emeralds come in a wide range of sizes. There are emeralds in museums and private collections that weigh hundreds of carats. At the other extreme are tiny emeralds that weigh fractions of a carat. Quality-for-quality, the price of emerald can rise dramatically as the size increases.