Emeralds are stunning gems with a rich and fascinating history. Those who wear them want something eye-catching and unique, which definitely describes these gemstones to a tee. Because emeralds are so extraordinary and rarer than diamonds, they make perfect gifts, especially for those who are born in the month of May. What better treasure for your closest friend or family member than jewelry featuring their extra-special birthstone?
Emeralds: the Dazzling Green Birthstones
Emeralds have a green like no other. This hue comes from traces of chromium and at times vanadium. Although emeralds are primarily green, each gemstone is different; hues can range from blue-green to green, and to the most delicate shades of yellow-green. Often the most desirable loose emeralds are the ones with a deep green hue, but personal preference is always paramount in choosing.
Classification of Emeralds
When selecting loose emeralds, it’s important to know about how these stones are classified. As with diamonds, emeralds are also classified by carat, cut, color and clarity. Inclusions, which are the small amounts of substance seen in emeralds, make the stones even more interesting. The more inclusions in loose emeralds, the more unique and interesting they are. Carats are used for calculating the weight of the stone, so the higher the carat, the more valuable the gem will be.
An Array of Emerald Jewelry
Although emeralds aren’t as hard as diamonds, they are still very durable. Loose emeralds are made even more resilient by suitable settings. Those that guard the gemstone’s edges in particular will protect the best, as the corners of the gemstone are the most vulnerable. A bezel setting, for example, is one that will surround the stone completely, keeping it fully protected.
These glittering green gems can be set successfully in any precious metal,such as yellow gold,silver, white gold or platinum. High quality loose emeralds are perfect for pendants and other necklace styles, stud or drop earrings, bracelets and brooches. A suite of emerald jewelry consisting of a matching necklace, pair of earrings and bracelet will put a smile on any woman’s face. Remember that men can enjoy wearing emeralds, too; they make bold showstoppers in cufflinks, tiepins and rings.
Since May is already on the horizon, it’s not too soon to start thinking about giving emeralds to that important person in your life.Plan now to purchase loose emeralds from a reputable dealer and ask your favourite jeweler to fashion a unique piece of emerald jewelry for your special someone’s birthday.
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