Considering the rich green hues that herald the arrival of spring, renewal and growth, we are not surprised that emerald is the stone for those born in May. The emerald, which is inevitable to be enchanted, takes its name from the Ancient Greek word smaragdos meaning “green stone”.
A member of the beryl family, emerald is the green color of the mineral beryl with a vibrant color caused by traces of chromium or vanadium. The first known emerald mines were mined in Egypt and are almost 3 billion years old… The Cleopatra Mines, also known as Mons Smaragdus (Emerald Mountains), was one of the oldest mining complexes in the ancient world, named after the famous queen.
Colombia has been the world’s largest source of emeralds today and for over 500 years. Colombian emeralds and specimens of the most precious emeralds have a slightly bluish tint. Zambian emeralds are dark green with less of a blue tint than Colombian emeralds.
While emerald is a durable stone with a hardness of 7.5 to 8.0 on the Mohs hardness scale; Because emeralds contain residues, they are vulnerable to damage from long-term and daily use.
The meaning behind the emerald birthstone in the Middle Ages was a symbol of fertility and good luck. Both the Greeks and Romans believed that the emerald had great powers. When placed under the tongue, emeralds were said to reveal the truth and protect against evil spells. This is also why the Romans gave emeralds to young wives as a wedding gift.
Since the emerald symbolized rebirth in Egypt, mummies were buried with an emerald stone in their throats to provide protection during their journey through the underworld and a new beginning in the hereafter.
Hinduism associates the color green with the heart chakra, making the emerald a symbol of the heart and universal love. The color green is the color of heaven in Islamic knowledge and signifies wealth, abundance and growth in nature.
Today, emerald is a symbol of unconditional love and has always been one of the most precious gemstones. Emerald, once the preferred gemstone of Egypt’s most famous female Pharaoh, Cleopatra, adorned many crowns and royal jewels, and continues to radiate splendor today.
Harry Winston Chalk Emerald
Chalk Emerald, weighing 37.8 carats, is one of the most famous emeralds in the world.
It is among the best emeralds to explore because of its exceptional clarity and velvety rich green color. It is set inside a platinum and gold ring designed by Harry Winston, surrounded by 60 pear-shaped diamonds totaling 15 carats. It was donated to the Smithsonian in 1972 by Mr. and Mrs. O. Roy Chalk and is on display in the Gem Gallery at the National Museum of Natural History.
Cartier Art Deco Emerald, Diamond and Enamel Brooch
Undoubtedly, this brooch is one of the best examples of the use of carved emeralds. When Jacques Cartier traveled to India to sell to wealthy maharajas in the early 20th century, he adapted the carved gemstones into important Art Deco jewellery, such as this brooch. Brooch on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, Grand Palais in Paris; It was sold for $1.45 million at Christie’s Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence sale in June 2019.
There are many famous emeralds, but the Rockefeller emerald is the most prominent among them. As the name suggests, the gem belonged to members of the Rockefeller family. The world’s largest flawless and most expensive emerald at US$5.5 million was bought by Harry Winston. It thus became the most expensive emerald ever sold at Christie’s New York auction; $305,000 per carat…
Lorraine Schwart Emerald Drop Earrings
Her most memorable look is the 115-carat pear-shaped emerald drop earrings by Lorraine Schwart. We’ll never forget the moment Angelina Jolie walked onto the red carpet at the 81st Academy Awards wearing a black dress and a vibrant pair of emerald earrings by Lorraine Schwartz. This must be the image in which the emerald stone expresses itself best as a symbol of eternal youth…
It is very difficult to imagine the beauty of the emerald stone, which every culture that discovered precious stones fell in love with, unless you really hold it in your hand and see it with your eyes. But know this; As the Roman Pliny the Elder declared in the 1st century AD, “There is no stone whose color is more pleasing to the eye, no green with a more intense color than emerald.”