Everything you need to know about emeralds

Every time anyone mentions the word emerald, we always think of the color green. It has been associated with the color for centuries because they are the same color. Scientifically, they are the green variety of a mineral called beryl( with chromiums or vanadiums) and Green beryls (without the elements vanadium and chromium. Green beryls comes in light color while beryl comes in a variety of colors like peach pink, yellow, and aquamarine blue.

What is the meaning behind an emerald engagement ring?

There are multiple legends and myths that have developed over centuries about this gemstone.  They were Cleopatra’s favourite stones and popular birthstones for cancers.  Her display of this beautiful gem might have as well made it jewels for the royal.  Many people believed that emeralds give the person wearing a sharp wit and also some improved memory.  The color on the stone is associated with springtime, wealth and abundance in many parts of the world. While this stone is not a very common jewel in engagement rings, many people have opted to have it for its uniqueness.

Does the source of the stone make any difference?

Emeralds come from very different countries. Many places produce fine stones, and some of them are known to have high quality emeralds that go for different prices. In the 1500’s Colombia was known to produce the best premium emerald but recent finds show the high quality emerald that comes from Ethiopia. The stones have a glowing color, and no oil treatments.  Unless the originality of the stone means something to you, you should focus on the quality rather than the source of the emerald.

Types of emerald stone for your engagement ring

Cabochon – Instead of going for the basic emerald, you could purchase the cabochon whish has no sparkle but has the most outstanding color.  It is made with a rough stone that has too many imperfections.  It is cheaper than the faced stone but still very beautiful.

Heat and synthetic treated emeralds – Some emeralds undergo heat treatment to make the color more attractive.  Synthetic emeralds are lab made and can save you a lot of money. Lab made emeralds have the same chemical composition like the natural emeralds.

Caring for your emerald ring

For any engagement ring to look good as new, the owner needs to care for it. Emeralds can be very fragile, which is why it is important to be careful and gentle when taking care of the ring. Do not, at any time, use an ultrasonic cleaner for you emerald engagement ring.  The emerald can break really easy due to its structure.

Use a soft brush, warm water and some detergent to clean the emerald and keep it good as new.  If the emerald was oil treated, you will need some re-oiling to keep it fresh and glowing.  In this case, you will need to take the ring to a trusted jeweller so you can ensure everything is done correctly.  Emeralds with resin treatment will not need any re-oiling.  The resins will only come out when the emerald is soaked in some solvents.