Emerald: The Gemstone of Royalty
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As the saying goes: April showers bring May flowers. At Rogers & Brooke, we’re more concerned with May’s drop-dead gorgeous gemstone: Emerald. Those considered to be Taurus or Gemini under the rules of the zodiac calendar are very lucky souls. Cleopatra once displayed her power and wealth by adorning herself with emeralds and giving them as gifts, and we think she was onto something, as these exquisite gemstones make the perfect gift for any celebration or commemoration.
An Intensity Unmatched
It is often said that the emerald’s concentration of green is unmatched by anything else that Mother Nature has to offer. Discovered in Colombia, these rare and beautiful stones are considered to be “The Jewel of Kings,” and were once considered to be sacred symbols of immortality and fertility. There are records which state that Nero would view the gladiator games through flat emeralds.The builder of the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan, was so entranced by the gemstone that he decorated his emerald collection with sacred texts to be used as talismans.
These stones once served as mystical charms, with believers looking to them for power, persuasion, and wealth. Their supposed supernatural properties included foresight, sharpened memory and cunning wit. They also allegedly revealed truths and could unveil spells and trickeries. Many believed an emerald’s presence could dampen lust and expose whether a lover’s oath was true or false.
The gemstone was even used to counteract poison, dysentery and infection by Hindu, Arab and Spanish physicians! The emerald’s pacifying green color was believed to help with eye strain; leading gem cutters to look to an emerald for rest after extensive hours of up-close work with other gemstones.
Diving into the Emerald Abyss
Deriving from a Persian word meaning, “green gem.” The name changed from Greek to Latin first as “smaragdus”, then to “esmaurde”, next to “esmralde”, and finally to “esmeralde” in the 1500’s.
These ancient gemstones. In the 1500’s, Spanish conquistadors looted thousands of emerald crystals from South American mines. Although violent, this occurrence was what put South America on the map as a significant location for emerald gemstones, and royalty from all over the world would look to the area to adorn their crowns and jewelry with emeralds.
Though this gemstone has a myriad of special qualities, most professionals agree that the stone’s best feature is of course, its color. For thousands of years, Emerald has set the bar for green-colored gemstones. Like most colored stones, it takes an expert eye to discern the sometimes-elusive differentiations in emerald value.
Bluish to pure green remain the most desirable emerald shades, along with intense tone and color saturation that isn’t too dark. Exceedingly transparent emeralds remain the most-prized, especially when their color is distributed evenly. Any stone that errs on the side of a more yellow or bluer hue is considered to be a different variety of beryl, and therefore not emerald.
The emerald has chromium, iron, and vanadium to thank for its beautiful hue. The existence or lack thereof these trace elements are what determine the precise color of the emerald stone.
Sometimes, the location of the mine an emerald is taken from can influence the appearance of the crystal. Purportedly, emeralds with warmer and more vivid pure green color often stem from Colombia, and emeralds that are cooler and more bluish-green in color are said to come from Zambia. Despite these observations, the appearance of an emerald factually overlaps between sources.
Emeralds are incredibly difficult to cut correctly, which is what makes our emerald jewelry so valuable!