Known as the "jewel of kings," emerald, is the primary birthstone for May and is part of the coveted "big four" gemstones, which also include diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. When evaluating emeralds, clarity is a crucial factor to consider, as many high-quality stones may still contain inclusions, which are materials trapped within the mineral during its formation. To enhance the appearance of emeralds, various treatments are commonly applied, and it is industry standard to inform buyers of these treatments.
People often ask me about facts related to gemstones, and while I am not an expert, I try to research the stones I use. One common question is whether a lab-created emerald qualifies as a "real" emerald. The answer is yes, it is a genuine emerald, but not one that occurs naturally. Both natural and lab-created emeralds are expensive, with the former being priced several times higher than the latter. Lab-created emeralds are among the costliest lab-created gemstones, and they possess the same chemical, physical, and optical characteristics as naturally formed emeralds. However, it is crucial to disclose this information to the buyer.
To care for your emeralds, I would suggest taking them to a trustworthy jeweler for cleaning, even though cleaning them yourself is possible. Emeralds have a high value, so it's worth spending a little money to ensure proper care. While emeralds have a hardness rating of 7.5 to 8.0 on the Mohs scale, their inclusions can make them prone to fracture if not cleaned carefully. However, if you still want to clean your emeralds at home, the best method is to use warm soapy water and a soft brush.
If you have a fondness for the color green, I have included a selection of other popular green stones in the photo at the top of the page.
From the top they are:
Faceted Green Topaz, Faceted Green Tourmaline, Green Topaz Cabochons, and Green Tourmaline Cabochons
These delightful gemstones might be worth exploring if emeralds are a bit beyond your budget.
One beautiful stone is Green Topaz. You can see them here designed as an earring with Reticulated Silver which gives the earring a wonderful texture.
While emeralds are undoubtedly stunning gemstones, there are a variety of unique green gemstone alternatives available that can offer similar beauty and appeal if you are in the market for something different.