Beginners Guide to Emeralds

Emerald engagement rings are becoming an increasingly popular choice due to their stunning colours and classic designs. Known for their eye-catching green colour, emeralds are a timeless statement of luxury that complement all skin tones. If you’re considering purchasing an emerald ring, read our beginner's guide to learn more about this mesmerising stone.

Where are emeralds found?

Emeralds can be found all over the world, but Columbia is by far the most famous emerald exporter. The country produces 95% of the world’s emeralds, as it is the only place where the rare trapiche emeralds are found. These stones have dark features which create a hexagonal core in the stone, giving the impression of spokes. Other key emerald deposits are found in Zambia, Brazil, Pakistan and USA.

Features of emeralds

Emeralds have taken on many different meanings over the years, such as nature and rebirth. As precious gems, they sit between 7.5 and 8 out of 10 on the Mohs scale. This is a measurement of the hardness of a stone. Most emeralds have natural inclusions, but these can’t be seen by the naked eye if the gem is flawless. The most expensive emeralds have a pure green hue and are very transparent. They often feature another colour, which is typically a yellow or blue-ish green. An emerald that isn’t classed as green enough is instead considered to be a green beryl.

The history of emeralds

Emeralds have been coveted by humans for a very long time. The first recorded ownership was in the Egyptian era, known to be one of Cleopatra’s favourite gemstones. It is thought that the Roman emperor Nero used a flat emerald eyeglass to view gladiator matches. Many famous emeralds were discovered by the Spanish conquistadors in South America during the 1500s.

The use of emeralds in jewellery was popularised in the Victorian era. Queen Victoria was presented with an emerald engagement ring by Prince Albert in 1839 which also featured rubies and diamonds. After this public display, engagement rings become fashionable across the country and are now a traditional part of marriage.

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