A stone that is especially celebratory, emeralds are gifted to mark 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries. And yes, they are the birthstone for those born in May
The first known emerald mines were in Egypt, dating from at least 330 BC into the 1700s, according to the GIA. The precious emerald is known to have captivated the Egyptian pharaohs and Inca emperors, while also enchanting royalty in far corners of the world along the way. Cleopatra’s love of emeralds too is evident in her royal adornments.
According to legend, the emerald has the power to make its wearer “more intelligent and quick-witted,” and it was also believed to cure diseases.
The source of the finest emeralds for over 500 years, Colombia’s green gems mined in Muzo, Chivor and Coscuez produce a range of colours – Muzo’s emeralds are known for the darker tones of pure green, while Chivor’s gems are slightly bluish green and Coscuez is noted for the slightly yellowish green emeralds. Minas Gerais in Brazil is also home to these gorgeous stones.
Saturation of colour and clarity are key as is traceability. Emeralds are often treated to improve its colour or clarity, internal fractures and fissures. Provenance is everything when it comes to precious stones like emeralds. So, if you are on a gem hunt, do your due diligence and buy from trusted gem dealers or suppliers.
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