Emeralds have been revered for centuries as one of the most beautiful and mysterious gemstones in the world. As early as the Greek empire, emerald jewelry was worn by both men and women as a sign of rank and wealth. They have long been prized for their beauty and their deep, rich green shades, which were once believed to have the power of rejuvenation. Its intense color is the perfect compliment to diamonds and is often seen in crown jewels. Most stones destined for emerald jewelry are found in Columbia, India, Egypt and Austria.
Emeralds are the birthstone for May, with the green symbolizing rebirth and the wonderful new growth of plants. In 2017, Super Jeweler’s May birthstone collection was chosen as Pantone’s Color of the Year, dramatically increasing its already impressive popularity. In addition to being the birthstone for May, it is often given as a 20th or 35th wedding anniversary gift. It is also considered the natural birthstone signifying those born under the astrological sign Cancer. As you can see, there are many people who can wear emerald jewelry with pride.
Emeralds are a beryl stone that is always green, but the shades of green can range from a light yellow-green to a dark emerald hue and everything in between. In general, the deeper and darker the color of emerald jewelry, the more valuable it is considered. Clarity is also important in emerald jewelry, as many stones have inclusions or imperfections that reduce their value. The clearer the stone, the more it is worth. Good clarity will also add depth and sparkle so that the green seems almost illuminated from within.
Wearing emerald jewelry is believed by some to enhance an individual’s growth and encourage reflection and a sense of balance. It inspires the wearer to achieve and endows them with patience and compassion for others. It’s soothing energy is attributed to its healing powers and ability to spark vitality. Emeralds are associated with the Heart Chakra, the center of unity and unconditional love.
SuperJeweler carries a complete line of emerald jewelry set in rose gold, yellow gold, and white gold in both 10K and 14K versions. We also offer emerald jewelry in platinum settings. Emeralds can be cut into a variety of shapes, including rounds, brilliants, ovals and the very popular emerald cut, which is a faceted, rectangular shape with the corners of the stone being slightly rounded. This creates a stone with lots of reflected surfaces that are also strong and durable. Emerald jewelry has been prized over the years by fashion icons such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor due to their elegance and bold color.
While considered a sturdy stone, emeralds are not as hard as diamonds. Strong mountings of gold or platinum are the best way to protect the stones. Cleaning your emeralds takes care and should be done regularly. Do not clean them ultrasonically or with steam because almost 90% of emeralds have been oiled to enhance the color and fill inclusions. Simply clean your emerald jewelry with cool, soaping water using a soft bristle brush, then rinse in cool water and dry with a soft cloth.