Its brilliant green color makes emerald the perfect birthstone for May – representing rebirth in the spring month.
Like aquamarine, emerald is a variety of beryl, a mineral that grows with six sides and up to a foot in length. Emeralds can range from light green to a deep, rich green. Emeralds are also like aquamarine in that the color presents itself differently depending on the cut. A good cut by a skilled lapidarist can truly make the difference for this gem.
To deepen or enhance the color, most emeralds end up being fracture filled. The deeper or more green an emerald, the more valuable it is. The most rare emeralds will appear to be an intense blue-green.
What Does Emerald Mean?
Emerald, derived from the word “smaragdus,” means “green” in Greek.
As we said before, emeralds are a symbol of rebirth. They are also believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth.
Cleopatra is perhaps the most famous historical figure to cherish emeralds. She even claimed ownership of all emerald mines in Egypt during her reign. The Egyptians used the gem in both jewelry and in elaborate burials as symbols of protection.
Like many other gemstones, emerald is believed to have many powers that accompany its beauty. It was thought to cure stomach problems, control epilepsy and stop bleeding. It was also believed to ward off panic and keep the wearer relaxed, perhaps due to its calming green color.
Custom Emerald Jewelry
Today, emerald is a symbol of loyalty, new beginnings, peace and security. These precious meanings make it both a beautiful gem to wear and a meaningful gift.
Cut is very important on an emerald because it helps to maximize that desirable green color. Many emeralds are cut into an emerald shape, which helps to make a bright stone with sparkle while minimizing inclusions or fissures.
The gemologists at Victoria Jewelers can help you pick the right stone and setting for your budget. You may choose to opt for a smaller, more intensely colored stone over a larger, lighter one. In the end, it all comes down to preference.
Are you searching for a spectacular piece of emerald jewelry? Call Victoria Jewelers at (407) 895-0047 or contact us online today to learn more about our custom jewelry process and how we can create a beautiful piece of jewelry designed just for you.