EMERALD - May's Gemstone
Welcome to this month of May, A month of Grace!!!! We are almost half way through the year, time flies.
This months Gemstone is Emerald. Emerald is considered one of the “Big Three” precious stones which includes Sapphire and Ruby
It is know for its intense and radiant green colour. Its such a fascinating colour. Some top quality Emeralds are more expensive than diamonds. Don’t we all just love the hue as well for weddings, decorations and outfits especially "Asoebi"- Nigeria traditional attire worn to weddings. It's such a lovely colour, it can do no wrong. The green of the emerald is the colour of life and of the springtime, which comes round again and again. It’s fresh and vivid.
The magnificent colour green of the emerald conveys harmony and love of nature. The human eye can never see enough of this unique colour, it gladdens the eye without tiring it.
The name emerald comes from the Greek 'smaragdos' via the Old French 'esmeralde', and really just means 'green gemstone'. Emeralds have been held in high esteem since ancient times. For that reason, some of the most famous emeralds are to be seen in museums and collections. It was believed that Cleopatra wore and loved Emeralds.
The finest emeralds can be found in Colombia. Zambia, Zimbabwe and Brazil produce commercial amounts of emeralds. Minor amounts of production come from Madagascar, NIGERIA, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Canada and Russia.
Emeralds from Nigeria come from two major sources. The first is near Gwantu in the state of Kaduna and the second is located near Nassarawa Eggon in the state of Plateau. Other localities are worked as small scale operations but the supply of emeralds coming out of Nigeria in general is low and intermittent. http://www.nigerianemeralds.com/.
Emerald from Mingor mine in pakistan, still in host rock,
Emerald for Photo by Brume Jeroh - Although this rough is a little lighter in color it is still considered emerald. (Left)
This is about the best color of emerald rough that can be found in Nigeria. (Right)
Emerald is a part of the beryl family, but there are different colors of beryl. Emerald green is the color as well as the stone. It has a very good hardness for jewelry use, but even with that hardness, emerald has a durability issue. Most emerald contains numerous inclusions and surface-reaching fractures. These weaken the stone, cause it to be brittle, and make it subject to breakage. This is an expected characteristic of emerald. It is rare to find an emerald that does not have inclusions and surface-reaching fractures that can be seen with the unaided eye. To improve appearance, most cut emeralds are treated with oils that enter the fractures and make them less obvious. Although these treatments improve appearance, they generally do not improve the durability of the gem.
Emerald should be considered as a fragile stone that is best worn on special occasions rather than daily. Emerald is better suited for earrings and pendants that are usually subjected to less impact and abrasion than rings and bracelets. Settings that protect the stone are much safer than those that present the stone to impact and abrasion.
Cost and Alternatives
The cost of Emeralds vary but they are definitely not cheap. People who simple want a green gem go for an altenative stone because of its lower price so they go for other natural stones with a green colour such as Chrome diopside, chrome touramaline and Tsavorite garnet are deep green gems that some people purchase when they want a green gem. Dyed quartz can be a beautiful stone at a very low cost. And for lover of beads a deep green agate semi precious stone will do. I love the emerald hue so much I cant but help make statement jewelry pieces with it using semi precious agates stones, fine crystals and seed beads. Check out more on our product page