Emerald Jewelry

Written by Serena Berger
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Why might Emerald jewelry be associated with the 55th wedding anniversary--proof that a love has lasted for over half a century? Perhaps because in ancient times, emeralds were associated with Venus, the goddess of love. Perhaps because in top quality, fine emeralds are even more valuable than diamonds.

Emeralds should actually not exist at all! They are beryllium silicates; but while beryllium is colorless, emeralds get their green color from chrome and vanadium. The catch is, these elements do not naturally occur together anywhere in the earth's crust. It takes a great cataclysm of nature to bring them together--so emeralds are quite rare and special. It's no surprise then, that emerald jewelry is so highly prized.

What To Look For in Emerald Jewelry

The best emeralds are a rich and verdant green, the color of eternally returning spring. A fine emerald will show its color very differently in different light sources, a quality prized by emerald aficionados. Unlike diamonds, which are most desirable without inclusions, inclusions in an emerald with vivid green color are considered part of the stone's character. They are called 'jardins," because they resemble little flowers or living garden elements within the emerald.

Emerald jewelry can take these beautiful stones and make earrings, rings, bracelets, pendants, or any other piece. The setting could be in gold, white gold, titanium, or platinum, and the cuts of the emeralds themselves can be any of the cuts made famous be diamond - brilliant, marquis, oval, etc. A little bit of research online will help you find the perfect emerald for the person you think is so beautiful and rare.

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