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Emerald Ovals And Rounds
Emeralds have always been one of the most
sought after and valuable of gemstones. In the best examples they
have the most beautiful, most intense and most radiant green
that can possibly be imagined. Natural internal marks (inclusions) are
to be expected and are actually desirable in that they can
assist in the correct identification of Emeralds and also
sometimes be an indicator of it`s origin . Affectionately, and
rather poetically, the specialists call the crystal
inclusions, feathers or fissures which are typical of this
gemstone `jardin` (the French word for garden). In top quality, fine
rarer and even more valuable
The name Emerald comes from the Greek `smaragdos` via the Old
French `esmeralde`, and really just means `green gemstone`.
Innumerable fantastic stories have grown up around this
magnificent gem. The Incas and Aztecs of Central and South America, where
the best emeralds are still found today, regarded the emerald as
a holy gemstone. However, probably the oldest known finds were
once made near the Red Sea in Egypt. Having said that, these
gemstone mines, already exploited by Egyptian pharaohs between
3000 and 1500 B.C. and later referred to as `Cleopatra`s Mines`,
had already been exhausted by the time they were rediscovered in
the early 19th century.
In the case of the
is mainly traces of chromium and vanadium which are responsible
for the fascinating colour. Normally, these elements are
concentrated in quite different parts of the Earth`s crust to
beryllium, so the emerald should, strictly speaking, perhaps not
exist at all. But during intensive tectonic processes such as orogenesis, metamorphism, emergences and erosion of the land,
these contrasting elements found each other and crystallized out
to make one of our most beautiful gemstones.
As a Beryl, Emerald has a good hardness of
7.5 on the hardness scale. However because of its
relatively high number of inclusions in relation to Aquamarine
for example, it is best to treat Emerald carefully.
It is a lovely stone but does not handle robust wear.
Emerald is the birthstone for May and
occurs mostly in Colombia, Brazil, Zambia with smaller producers
in Russia, Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) and Pakistan.
Metaphysically, Emerald is symbolic of
regeneration and life and can assist with creative and artistic
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