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Many people feel that a diamond is the most expensive stone but you would be surprised to know that Emerald can be more expensive than a diamond. Emerald gemstone is the rarest in the world. By global gemstone manufacturers, it is counted one of the four recognized precious gemstone including Ruby, Sapphire, and Diamond.
Emerald is a green variety stone from the beryl family. Aquamarine also belongs to the same family. Emerald is the birthstone of May. It is also the birthstone for the Zodiac sign Taurus and Gemini along with being the stone for the 20th, 35th, and 55th wedding anniversaries. The Emerald’s green color symbolizes the rebirth and renewal. It also symbolizes prosperity and success in life.
The Emerald word derived from the Greek word ‘smarsgod’ and the French word ‘esmeraude’ which means green. According to Hindu mythology, the emerald word was first translated from Sanskrit word as “marakata” which means “the green of growing things.” Some records have found the trading of Emerald in Babylon as early as 4000 BC. The team found the oldest emeralds which are about 2.97 billion years old. Emerald was worshiped by the Incas and also referenced in biblical information about the apocalypse.
Emerald has fascinated people and cultures all over the world since ancient times. Emerald rings, pendants, earrings, necklaces are used from ancient times. One of the emerald pendant necklaces was sold out in $6.5 million ($280,000 per carat) in 2011 which was owned by Elizabeth Taylor. Thailand’s most sacred religious icon that is carved from green jadeite is called Emerald Buddha.
Emerald’s lush green color is formed when chromium, vanadium, and iron are present in the beryl mineral. All three elements give emerald its range of color. Where chromium and vanadium bring the intense green color, iron gives the stone a bluish tint. The richer the emerald’s green color, the more it value. Its hardness on the Mohs scale is 7.5 to 8 but it is susceptible to chipping and cracking. This also makes it more valuable that’s why top quality emerald can be more valuable than a diamond. Emerald has some type of inclusions; naturally flawless emeralds are very rare. Its value depends on its color. The best color of Emerald is vivid green or blueish-green with even saturation.
Gemstone jewelry manufacturers and suppliers are importing Emerald from Colombia as Columbia produces more than half of all emerald production worldwide. Green color refers to prosperity so it is believed that Emerald is good for peace, success, growth, and energy. It is also believed that the emerald brings goodness into one’s life.
Emerald is the most fascinating gemstone. Emerald rings, pendants, bracelets, and necklaces attract many people around the world. There is a huge demand of Emerald jewelry in European countries and America. Every year, gemstone wholesalers, manufacturers, and suppliersorganizesan international fair of jewelry. Emerald is as hard as diamond but due to susceptible to crack, it requires exceptional careand delicate handling. If we dip emerald into oil, it helps in reducing the visibility of cracks.
Here are some care instructions of Emerald jewelry: