Let's get educated about emeralds
written by our social media content creator, paige
Are you a lover of all things green? Emerald might just be the perfect stone for you!
Did you know the emerald is a beautiful gemstone that has been a prized gem for centuries for its unique colour and appearance. It is a member of the beryl family, which also includes other popular gemstones such as aquamarine and morganite.
They are typically known for their green colour, which can range from a light, yellow-ish-green to a deep, rich blue-ish green. The intensity and saturation of the colour can vary depending on the quality of the stone and location where it was mined. Some emeralds may also have secondary colours, such as blue or yellow.
Inclusions are very common in emeralds, which are visible internal characteristics that can affect the stone’s appearance and durability. These inclusions are often referred to as “jardin,” which is French for garden, due to their plant-like appearance. It’s rare to find an emerald that is completely free of inclusions, and some inclusions can enhance the stone’s beauty and value. However, too many inclusions can make the stone more prone to breakage, so it’s important to take care when handling emeralds.
Emeralds have a hardness of 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale, which makes them relatively hard and durable. However, they are still prone to scratching and chipping, so it’s important to take care when wearing and cleaning them. They should be cleaned gently with warm soapy water, using a soft brush to remove any dirt or debris. It’s best to avoid using ultrasonic cleaners or steam cleaners, as these can damage the stone. It’s also important to avoid exposing emeralds to high heat or sudden temperature changes, as this can cause cracking to the stone.
There are several gemstones that can be used as alternatives to emeralds, depending on what qualities you are looking for. For example: Green Tourmaline, is a popular alternative to emerald due to its similar green colour and transparency. It’s also less expensive, making it a more affordable option. Peridot is another green gemstone that is an alternative to emerald. It is also less expensive and has a lighter yellow-ish green colour compared to emerald.
These wonderful gemstones have been treasured for their beauty and rarity, and have been associated with a variety of meanings and representations, such as the birthstone for May. In ancient times, emeralds were thought to have healing powers and were used to treat a variety of ailments. They have also been associated with love, fertility, and rebirth, and have been used in many cultures as a symbol of wealth and power. Today, emeralds continue to be a popular gemstone for jewellery, and often used to represent growth, renewal, and prosperity.