The emerald is considered one of the four major gemstones. Sapphires, rubies and diamonds are the other three. Since emeralds have been historically associated with faithfulness and constant love, they make an excellent gift for someone special. Emerald engagement rings are unexpected and timeless. The most prized emeralds are a grassy-green color. Because of their amazing hue, the best emeralds can be priced similarly to or more than a diamond of the same carat weight. The emerald is a member of the beryl mineral family.
The emerald is May's birthstone. It is also the gemstone of the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries
The Emerald Cut
The emerald cut was created especially for emeralds since they are a bit fragile. To prevent any fractures to the gemstone, the corners are cut off. The cut also maximizes the emerald's carat weight. Though the emerald cut remains popular, emeralds can be found in other cuts including square, oval and round.
Emeralds Discovered Worldwide
The most famous emerald mines are in Colombia. Emeralds have also been found in many countries including Brazil, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Siberia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia and Australia.
A Bit of Emerald History
Thousands of years ago emeralds were mined in Egypt. The gemstone played an important role in ancient Egyptian culture as they were a symbol of youthfulness. Cleopatra loved the gemstone and it is believed that she had a significant emerald collection. The Romans also had an affinity for emeralds and attributed them to fertility. The gemstone also had its place in the Zodiac. It was once believed that Cancers (June 22-July 21) carrying an emerald experienced eternal happiness.
Sidney Thomas Emerald Collection
You can find genuine emerald jewelry at Sidney Thomas. Our emerald jewelry is a beautiful green and gorgeous. Please enjoy our exceptional collection of emerald earrings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets and rings.
Every emerald in the Sidney Thomas collection is cut by one of our master jewelers to ensure the most outstanding green color. Almost all emeralds available today are treated to enhance the gemstone's color. The gemstones are typically oiled to increase clarity. This process does not have an effect on the quality or strength of the gemstone. An emerald that is not treated will be referred to as a "natural emerald." Emeralds often have inclusions. They do not take away from the gemstone's value. The jewelry industry refers to emerald inclusions using the French term jardin, which means "green."
Caring for your Emerald Jewelry
The emerald is rated 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale, which ranks hardness from 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest. Clean your emerald jewelry with cool water or a soft cloth. Ultrasonic cleaners and chemicals are not recommended for emerald jewelry. Exercise care when wearing an emerald ring, necklace, bracelet or earrings and avoid sudden shifts in temperature. Be sure to store emerald jewelry in your Sidney Thomas presentation box.