Springtime Green Emerald

Green EmeraldWith May here we’ve picked out a gorgeous green emerald to commemorate the coming of summer, emerald is the birth stone of May. While also being the colour of the year it has historically always been associated with the month of May. Now on display at Secret Sapphire a green emerald solitude from Brazil. Gemstones come in many different varieties of colour. The most popular coloured emerald is deep green which is harder than quartz and softer than a ruby, sapphire, or diamond. They come from the beryl family of minerals and their colour arising from small quantities of chromium. Emeralds are mined all over the world in different locations such as Zambia, Madagascar, Brazil, Indiana, Pakistan, Russia, and Zimbabwe.

A deep green emerald is one of the most prized gemstones on Earth the most valuable of the beryl family. Emeralds are not easily categorised by conventional standards because of their rare qualities and unique characteristics. Highly rare inclusion-free and highly saturated colours are most precious but the unique identification of an emeralds fissure, and jardins can also contribute to its allure.

Historically emeralds began in Egypt with the famous “Cleopatra Mine.” Records show that the gem was bought and sold in Babylonian markets as early as 4000 B.C. Queen Cleopatra is the most famous admirer of emeralds with her own mine in the Cairo desert. Although emeralds were extracted 2000 years before Cleopatra’s birth, her use and love of the gems led her to the mine and now an association remains. Egypt supplied the world with emeralds throughout the Biblical period and through to the Middle Ages. Most of these stones today would barely be classified as gems and it was only until Spain conquered the New World and found Indians wearing emeralds that we could see the potential of how gorgeous green gemstones could be.

Emeralds are soothing to gaze upon and beautiful to wear the stone is also associated with fertility, rebirth, and love. A green emerald is a perfect choice to bring in the springtime month of May. Come see our selection of green emerald solitude, ring and earrings. At Secret Sapphire luxury boutique in Yaletown you can enjoy a comfortable atmosphere while admiring this and many other beautiful stones.