Issue #5, 23 May 2012


This newsletter is all about emeralds with them being the birthstone of May. It is also the traditional gift for the 55th wedding anniversary and has been called the fingerprint of nature.

The name emerald comes from the greek word “smaragdos” which means green stone and they are part of the beryl family of minerals. Emeralds range from near clear green through to vibrant dark green. Simply, the darker livelier the green, the more valuable and sought after the emerald .

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Emeralds are brittle and sensitive to heat, pressure, knocks and extreme changes in weather. Care must be taken to avoid knocks and scratches and cause internal cracks.

For this reason, flawless stones are very uncommon, and are noted for their great value. This is why a high quality natural emerald will often be worth more than a high quality diamond of the same weight.

The rarity of flawless emeralds has created a market for emeralds that have been treated to mask these flaws.
This includes treating the emerald with oil or a lubricant to mask the flaws. This is a regular process due to the demand for “flawless” emeralds. For this reason, emeralds should never be cleaned with an ultrasonic jewellery cleaner, nor should they be washed with soap as this removes the oil/ lubricant.

Experts can identify all these practices making it particularly important to purchase Emeralds from reliable dealers.

 Famous Emeralds


Emerald jewellery has been a favourite of royalty as the stone's deep colour seems to indicate power and large examples of emeralds can be found as part of the crown jewels of many royal families around the world.

One of the most famous emeralds is the Duke of Devonshire. It weighs 1383.95cts. It has a deep green colour and was given to the Duke of Devonshire by the Emperor of Brazil in 1836.

Another famous emerald is the Mogul Mughal, a rectangular-cut emerald weighing 217.80 carats. Sold for US $2,272, 2008 and housed at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar.

If you would like any further information on this topic or any other jewellery related manner, please contact us and we will provide all the assistance we can.


Aurea Designs

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