Emerald jewellery

We’re shining a light on the emerald! If you’ve ever wondered where emeralds come from, how they get their colour and why the “emerald-cut” is so-named, read on.

Considered one the “big three” precious gems, alongside sapphires and rubies, emeralds come in a variety of shades and are actually have the same chemical composition as the aquamarine and morganite.

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Emeralds have captivated humans for thousands of years. Cleopatra was often seen dripping in emeralds and the pharaohs were buried with them. Their emerald colour was considered sacred, associated with fertility and eternal life.

Emeralds get their colour from trace elements of other minerals entering the crystal when it’s being formed. The brightest and clearest emeralds are typically found in Colombia, while Brazil and Zambia produce emeralds that are more on the darker side.

Wondering about price?

Emeralds are generally less expensive than rubies and sapphires, however these precious gems are now giving diamonds a run for their money due to their rarity.

Find out more about emerald pricing here.

Mother Nature’s “little garden”

Emeralds are typically fairly “included”, with a unique pattern of marks that form during the crystallisation process. This often referred to by the French term “jardin” or “garden” because they often look like a little garden.

Oiling emeralds to improve their look is a common industry practice, according to Ben Duff.

“Most natural emeralds are actually treated with cedar oil, which is soaked into the stone to disguise the garden look a little, making it look cleaner and improving the colour.”

See more about emerald inclusions here.

How the emerald cut got its name

The “emerald cut”, characterised by cropped corners and a long rectangular shape, dates back to the 1500s.  Stonecutters were accidentally taking the edges and corners off when cutting the emeralds.

Eventually they realised that the shape enhanced the look of the stone and “emerald cut” was born. It is now a popular cut for diamonds and other gems.

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