All About Emeralds, the Birthstone of May

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Emeralds are the world’s most sought-after green-colored gemstones, and those with May birthdays are lucky to have it as their designated birthstone!

They come in an array of colors, from yellow-green greenish-blue to deep green.

Origin of the Emerald

For over 4,000 years, the emerald has been heralded as one of the most prized stones.
These gemstones were first mined in Egypt, but the name comes from the Greek word “smaragdus”, meaning green.

In earlier times, some said that emeralds had calming and soothing powers, and could even enable people to see into the future. Much of that was legend, but today the color green has been proven to reduce stress.

Other green gems such as peridot or tourmaline have their own unique attributes, but emeralds have been adorned royalty and used in religious ceremonies for centuries.

Today, they are the crowned jewels chosen to celebrate the twentieth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversaries.

Why are Emeralds green?

The emerald’s gorgeous green hue is derived from trace amounts of chromium and vanadium. The hue ranges from yellow-green to a blue-ish tint.

  • Only the gemstones that are relatively dark in tone are considered emeralds.
  • Lighter-toned pieces of green jewelry that aren’t classified as emeralds are typically known as Green Beryl.

Are Emeralds Considered Soft Gemstones?

Emeralds are classified as “included.” They don’t necessarily scratch easily, but they are definitely more prone to scratches and damages and than diamonds or other similarly tough stones.

When selecting an emerald gemstone for that special someone with a May birthday, here are four technical standards to consider:

4 Standards of Emeralds

  • Color — The most desired of emeralds are a deep, dark green. In some instances, a tint of blue is acceptable, as long as the color is vivid and highly saturated.
  • Clarity – Inclusions are to be expected in emeralds, and occur when something is trapped inside the gemstone itself. Professionals in the industry may refer to these as “jardins,” in emeralds. While most diamonds obtain their clarity grading by using 10x magnification, the human eye is used to grade Emeralds.
  • Cut — There is a reason a cut called the “emerald cut” exists. The emerald cut can be used on any gemstone, but looks exceptional when used on an emerald gemstone. Because of the way an emerald is formed, the rectangular lines of the emerald cut bring out its unique qualities.
  • Carat – An interesting fact about emeralds is their weight. Due to having a lower density than other gemstones, the size of a one-carat emerald will look larger when compared to another gemstone of the same carat weight. In some cases, especially if weighing more than one carat, emeralds can be valued at a higher amount than traditional precious diamonds. This is due to their rarity. A heavily-weighted emerald is extremely difficult to obtain

Why Wear Emerald Jewelry?

Many people prefer the flaws, fractures, and inclusions in emeralds, as many view it as a sign of authenticity. Other people enjoy emeralds for the rumored spiritual and metaphysical benefits and the mythological connotations:

  • Traditionally, emeralds have been believed to provide the wearer to perceive things that many others could not sense.
  • Emeralds are said to have peaceful and harmonious effects on married couples. They’ve been said to help to develop relationships with children and promote unity within the family.
  • It also is said to increase concentration in individuals who have trouble finishing homework, projects at work, or other activities that require high-focus.
  • According to Roman mythology, Emerald is the divine stone of the Goddess Venus.

At Brinker’s Jewelers, we think emeralds are a thing of beauty and deserve to be worn as such. Come by the store and we can create the perfect emerald piece for your collection.

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