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Emeralds and Springtime

At long last, we can welcome the warmth of May! We can finally put away our winter clothes, go outside without jackets (unless it's raining), and relish the newly sprung greenery of Nature. At Moijey Fine Jewelry & Diamonds, we can provide another option where the green lusciousness of nature can be a constant presence all year long: emeralds.

The official and the only birthstone for the much welcome month of May, emeralds have been revered and praised for centuries. The word "emerald" comes from the Greek “smaragdus,” meaning, I am not making this up, “green.” For as long as it can be remembered, emeralds have been a part of the Big Three in the gem and jewelry world alongside rubies and sapphires. That makes sense, considering the luxurious color often compared to trees and landscapes, like our 14kt White Gold Natural Emerald 7" Line Bracelet shown here in yellow gold.

Emerald’s soothing color has always been praised. Pliny the Elder credited emerald for possessing such a soft and relaxing color to relieve eye strain. Cleopatra adored emeralds, so much that historians say that all the emerald mines in Egypt were claimed by Cleopatra during her reign. This 14kt White Gold Emerald 1/6CTW Diamond Stackable Ring would be fit for a queen, don’t you agree?

Emeralds today symbolize rebirth, wisdom, growth, and patience. Emeralds were also thought to ward off panic and bring peace and serenity to the wearer. Love was also attributed to emeralds, which were dedicated to the Roman goddess of love and beauty, Venus. These 14K Gold Emerald & Diamond Earrings come to mind for the all the symbolic meanings of emerald.

Emerald is a variety of the gem species beryl, which makes emerald a cousin to aquamarine and the pale pink morganite. What makes emeralds unique from the other beryl varieties is the chemical composition necessary to produce emeralds. The elements chromium and vanadium are responsible for the famous green color. Once upon a time, emeralds were considered to be colored only by chromium. In 1963, an emerald deposit was discovered in Brazil where the emerald rough had vanadium instead of chromium. After being tested in a GIA Laboratory, the stones with vanadium were proven to be emeralds.

Not only do emeralds contain chromium and vanadium, they also have other chemicals in their composition which are incredibly rare in nature. Beryllium, aluminum, silicon, and oxygen produce the beryl gem structure. As a result of this unique chemical combination, the structure of the emerald crystal is fragile and becomes more fragile through the mining and faceting processes.

For durability purposes, and sometimes to improve the appearance, emeralds are treated with either resin or oil, sometimes combined. There are a wide variety of oils used to treat fractured emeralds, like cedarwood oil, for example. This 14K Gold Emerald & Diamond Halo-Style Pendant has been treated with oil and resin, but only to improve its durability because it already looks fabulous.

There are emeralds that don't need to be treated, but these are rare in nature and when they do appear, but they're usually swept up to be sold in the higher markets.

The emerald jewelry Moijey provides has undergone the described treatments and in the retail market, it is a standard practice. The treatments should always be disclosed and owners of emeralds should always be cautious when wearing their emerald jewelry. If you want to learn more about emeralds and the jewelry Moijey Fine Jewelry & Diamonds provides, stop by our office in Silver Spring, Maryland and we will gladly answer any questions you may have about anything jewelry related.

Thank you for swinging by our site. Go back outside and enjoy the much needed warm weather! If it's raining, come on back inside, get dry and continue to read our fantastic blog!

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