Emerald have always been synonymous with the color green. It is a precious stone from the Beryl family, and is one of the most desirable stones in the world along with Sapphires, Rubies, and Diamonds. It is also the birthstone for the lucky people born in May and they also serve to designate 20th and 35th anniversaries.
The quality of the Emerald dictates its price as with other precious stones. With Emeralds however, the price accelerates greatly with the larger stones. For example, a 6 carat Emerald will be much more per carat than the same quality 2 carat Emerald. It can be as much as 4, 5, or 6 times as much as the large Emeralds are just so hard to come by in good quality.
Value depends a lot on color and clarity too. The most sought after color is a slight bluish green in a medium dark tone. Clarity is important, but inclusions are acceptable with Emeralds, unlike diamonds and other gems.
- Emeralds usually have inclusions or fractures, so clean with warm or room temperature soap and water.
- Emeralds are a soft stone so avoid wearing them where it may be easily damaged.
- Emeralds typically come from Colombia, Brazil, Russia, Australia, India, Zimbabwe,South Africa, Tanzania, West Pakistan,Zambia, or Norway.
Due to the cost and availability of genuine emerald, synthetic emeralds are often used as an alternative. One of the best option is a green cubic zirconia which is used by Nativity Rings. Get the look of fine jewelry with an Emerald, at the fraction of the cost.