adored the satiny green hue of the emerald. The oldest mines can be
found in Egypt near the Red Sea and they are referred to as
"Cleopatra's Mines." Unfortunately, she was not alone in
her adoration. From 3000 to 1500 B.C., other pharaohs also enjoyed
the rich gemstones so much so that the mines were completely depleted
long ago. Luckily, these were not the only mines so you can enjoy
elaborate emerald earrings
in the fashion of Cleopatra or a simple emerald pendant. You
dont have to miss out on this envy-inducing green gemstone.
What are they?
known as emerald is the
consummate green gem. It is made up of beryllium-aluminium-silcates
and is a member of the beryl family of stones. In the family, the
emerald is typically the darker green and bluish green stones. The
lighter ones are simply called green beryl.
natural beryl stones are clear, trace particles of vanadium, chromium
and iron are what give the emerald its color. The most sought after
color is a darkish green with a slight blue tint. These stones are
well known for coming out of the mines in Columbia. If you can find a
natural, untreated Columbian emerald
ring of significant size, you will pay dearly, but it will be
Where do they come from?
Cleopatra's Mines are empty, where are these gorgeous green gems
coming from? There are still mines located in Africa in countries
like Zambia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. But today, the greatest supply
comes from South America. Particularly, Brazil and Columbia are well
known for the color and clarity of stones that come out of their mines.
America and Africa are the top producers of the stones, there are
other mines across Asia. Pakistan, Afghanistan and India boast their
own supplies. Russia is also home to productive mines.
has a gemstone (or two) dedicated as an official birthstone for
people born during that month. For May, emerald ring purchases are
common as a birthday gift. But, there are other special occasions for
which an emerald
tennis bracelet might make a wonderful gift. Why? Because it is
also the official gemstone designated to commemorate the 20th and
35th wedding anniversary.
Care and Cleaning
green stones one of the four original precious gemstones- diamond,
being the others. However, it is also the least hard with a rating of
8. Now, that doesn't mean they are fragile, they just require a
little more tender-loving care. One reason they are more delicate is
because they naturally have inclusions that weakens their strength.
As a result, the agitation of an ultrasonic cleaner is not a good
idea for their care.
to consider is that most of these gems go through an oiling treatment
to help reduce the appearance of inclusions that are present in all
emeralds. Using strong cleaners and even a steamer can remove the oils.
wear them, these gems are classic and sophisticated. In all shapes,
sizes and shades; whether earrings or a gemstone
ring, they go with everything.