Article | Published on 16 May 2019
As for the other stones, the color is the first criterion of choice of an emerald. Green must be intense, shaded with blue (preferred in Europe) or yellow (preferred in America). The best color is the one that will please you! At equal budget, prefer a slightly soft green rather than too dark one.
Emeralds are often inhabited by frost, inclusions and cracks that reduce transparency and brightness. We are talking about the garden of the emerald. It is normal to observe this garden which must remain pleasing to the eye. From translucent to opaque, the appearance must be fairly homogeneous. An emerald of a bright green and transparent will be more valuable than an emerald showing a cloudy and opaque effect.
At equal quality, in typical colors, Colombian emeralds from the Muzo and Chivor mines are still popular. Brazil, Zambia and Russia are also important producing countries.
Emerald supports normal cleaning. Ultrasonic or steam cleaning should be avoided. As the emerald is a fragile stone, the hexagonal size called ‘emerald cut’ better protects the stone.
It remains fragile – the hardness index at 7 ½ on the Mohs scale, 1000 times less hard than diamond. On a ring, the metal, be it gold or platinum, must protect this treasure of the earth.
The emerald has never been captured easily. Mountain stone and stone ravines where abundant vegetation, it is also a stone of sometimes murderous ambitions for garimperos, these producers of South America independent and miserable who sometimes leave their life ….
It is attributed to all kinds of symbols ; fertility, opening the heart chakra, through the renewal and so on.