Emerald is the green to bluish variety of the mineral species beryl. Emerald’s vibrant green has delighted people since ancient times. Its name comes from the Greek word for green, “smaragdus.” Then and now, we are drawn to colors that evoke nature which is why green is associated with relieving stress.
History of The Emerald
The first known emerald mines were in Egypt, dating from around 330 BC into the 1700s. Cleopatra was reported to have a passion for Emeralds and used them in her royal accessories.
When sixteenth-century Spanish explorers invaded the New World, Emeralds were among their treasures. The Incas had already been using emeralds in their jewelry and religious ceremonies for 500 years. The Spanish traded Emeralds for precious metals, which they valued more than gemstones. Trading opened the eyes of European and Asian royalty to the beauty of the Emerald.
Emerald Birthstones & Anniversaries
As the gem of spring, emerald is the perfect choice for May's birthstone. It’s also the gem of the twentieth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversaries.
Where are Emeralds Sourced?
Colombia has been the source of the finest emeralds for more than 500 years, and Colombian emeralds are the standard by which all others are measured. May’s birthstone is also found in Brazil, Africa, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Buying Emeralds for Fine Jewelry
Most gemologists agree that it all comes down to color when purchasing an Emerald, and the color should be evenly distributed and not too dark. Rare emeralds will appear as a deep green-blue, while lighter colored gemstones are more common (and, therefore, often more reasonably priced).
We have some beautiful pieces designed around Emeralds and sell loose Emeralds that make great starting points for fabulous custom pieces of fine jewelry. We often pair Emeralds with diamonds and find Emeralds are gaining popularity with unique brides-to-be who are looking for signature engagement rings.
Whatever Emerald gemstone you decide to select, choose only natural, genuine Emeralds sourced directly from mines, like the gemstones we hand-select at Wabby’s Jewels & Gems. Please browse Emerald jewelry here, or contact us for more information about our Emerald collection.