Emerald Education

Lush. Exotic. Untamed. This is no polite, garden-variety green: Emerald pulses with life and vitality.

In its depths beats the heart of the rainforest, its shadows alive with promise, expectation... even danger. More valuable than even diamonds, fine-quality Emeralds of significant size are among the world's most bewitching jewels.

Their incomparable dark green color is produced only under extremely rare conditions. Because these conditions also result in tiny cracks and cavities in the stone, inclusions are acceptable in top-quality Emeralds.

Ancient history records Emerald mines near the Red Sea, "Cleopatra's Mines," where the Pharaohs gathered gems between 3000 and 1500 B.C. The Incas and Aztecs of South America once worshiped Emerald as a holy stone. And Maharajas of India, who believed the gem brought luck and restored health, had multitudes of Emeralds in their treasure vaults.

The green of Emerald is representative of life and springtime. In ancient Rome, it was the color that symbolized the beauty and love of the goddess Venus. Perhaps this is why Emerald is the gem chosen by love birds to celebrate their 20th, 35th or 55th wedding anniversary. Emerald is also the gemstone of choice for those born in May as well as those born under the sign of Virgo.

The intensity of color plays the most very important role in the value of any emerald. An emerald is colored defined as medium to darker green with bluish overtones. While some people want to have the greatest intensity of color, we don't suggest that clarity be overlooked. It is important to find a balance between the intensity of color and the presence of inclusions which affect the clarity of emeralds. All natural emeralds contain inclusions which are much more acceptable than in other precious gems. While clarity is important, one needs to realize that inclusions are acceptable due to the nature of emeralds. We would suggest for your emerald to have some transparency even if the color is not as dark. We also need to remind you that the flaws or inclusions are not considered as negative characteristics like they would be for many other gemstones. The inclusions assure the buyer that the stone is natural.

As a member of the beryl family of gems -- cousin to Aquamarine and Morganite -- Emerald is found in Columbia, Brazil, Zambia and in a few other countries. An ideal accent for spring wardrobes, a highlight of summer designs, an autumn complement and the perfect hue to dispel winter blues. With proper care, your emerald jewelry will be treasured for generations.

The May birthstone, the emerald, is a must for any jewelry collection. We don't think that you should be wearing just your birthstone. At Diamonds, Pearls & Jade, we believe that your world is uniquely yours. You grow every day and you learn to appreciate the people and world around you. We hope you find the world of beauty in many gemstones including emerald and many others and look forward to showing you our collection at Diamonds, Pearls, & Jade.

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