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Emeralds Have Been Highly Prized for Centuries

Updated on April 24, 2017
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Deborah has four daughters, son-in-laws, seven grandchildren and other people for whom she buys gifts. She writes about her best gift ideas

Deep Green Emeralds are Prized, But They Come in Other Colors

Emeralds have long been a popular choice for jewelry, as well as decorating crowns and other items.
Emeralds have long been a popular choice for jewelry, as well as decorating crowns and other items. | Source

Emeralds and Diamonds are Stunning When Combined; The Diamonds Also Protect the Softer Emeralds

Emeralds are a highly prized precious stone which have been appreciated for centuries. They are not always green, although when the same stone comes in other colors they are called by different names.

The most common use for emeralds is in jewelry because they are typically too soft to be used for most industrial purposes.

Emeralds and diamonds are a lovely combination and they are often used together in fine jewelry. The deeper the color, the more valuable the emerald. Deep green emeralds are more noticeable when surrounded by contrasting white diamonds.

However, in addition to appearance, there is another reason why emeralds are often surrounded by diamonds in the setting.

Diamonds are one of the strongest, brightest gemstones available. By contrast, emeralds are much softer and can easily be scratched or chipped. I know, because I have an emerald ring which I chipped when I foolishly wore the ring while gardening. This is the major reason why they are often surrounded by diamonds or placed in gold, silver or platinum settings to protect them. When combined with other gemstones, the contrast can heighten the effect of both gems and protect the softer stone at the same time..

Emeralds rank about a 7.5 to 8 on the 10 point Mohs scale. Diamonds rank 10. Anyone who plans to design jewelry needs to be aware of this difference. While you may want to surround the emerald with diamonds, you do not want the stones to actually touch each other, because the stronger diamonds could also damage the emeralds.

These Emeralds are Set in Sterling Silver and Surrounded by Diamonds to Protect Them

Sterling Silver, Created Emerald, and Diamond-Accented Hoop Earrings
Sterling Silver, Created Emerald, and Diamond-Accented Hoop Earrings

Exceptional setting for the woman who loves gorgeous pierced earrings and wants something attractive and well made. They will look stunning whenever you dress up! I own these surprising affordable emerald and diamond earrings and love them

 

More About Beautiful Emeralds

Emeralds are graded, like other gemstones, based on their color, cut, clarity and crystal, which simply means their transparency. While emerald gemstones can range in color from yellow to blue, only the ones that are medium to dark green are considered true emeralds.

Most emeralds are treated with an oil, such as cedar oil, to improve their clarity. This is an accepted practice in preparing emeralds for sale and it is very important that people who wear emerald jewelry are aware of this fact, so they do not unintentionally damage the stones.

Some other types of oils have been used with emeralds, but are not considered appropriate. Therefore, if you decide to purchase a very expensive emerald, you should have it examined by a gemological lab in order to be certain that it is worth the extra expense.

In addition, you should keep your emerald out of hot water or other sources of extreme heat, since the oil can be leached out, which will cause the stone to loose some of its luster.

The emeralds used in jewelry may be either natural or synthetic. About 50% of the world's natural emeralds come from Columbia, while Zambia produces about 20%. Emeralds are also mined in Brazil, Canada, China and other countries.

In addition to the natural, mined emeralds, modern technology has also made it possible to develop beautiful synthetic or created emeralds. They have the same chemical and gemological composition as natural emeralds and are just as lovely in jewelry. However, they tend to be less expensive and can be an attractive and more affordable alternative to mined gemstones.

Emeralds Have Become Popular in Engagement Rings

Many young women are opting for color stones combined with diamonds when they select an engagement ring or rings for other occasions. Since this is a piece of jewelry that the woman is likely to wear every day for the rest of her life, a wise groom will get his fiance's input in selecting the perfect engagement ring.

In addition, while a bride may be attracted to the appearance of a color stone of any kind, including an emerald, she should be aware of the specific features of the gemstone she selects and knows how to care for it appropriately. For example, wearing an emerald engagement ring on a daily basis while showering and washing dishes could do damage to the oil in it.

Does a woman you know love emeralds and diamonds?

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      Deborah Carr 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      I have an emerald ring that I wear all the time. I love its gorgeous color!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      An emerald has to be the perfect accessory on St. Patrick's Day! A great gift for oneself that will give years of pleasure if taken care of. You have a lot of attractive affordable selections here.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      You are so right that many people are starting to order their holiday gifts and an emerald may be the perfect choice for some of the women on your gift list! The ones in this article are especially affordable, too!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Emeralds are pretty and a little more rare than some gems. The gift giving season is almost here and organized people are already well into their gift list. This may be just the perfect gift for someone special -- wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, etc.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I've always enjoyed my emerald ring, although I learned the hard way to take it off whenever I'm doing yard work!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @msmith1386: Yes, I am much more careful with my emerald now! Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

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      msmith1386 4 years ago

      I suddenly really like emerald jewelry now. Thanks for the tip about taking care of it! I didn't know that emerald was as fragile as it is.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @LornsA178: I love emerald and diamond jewelry, and I agree that the heart necklace is exceptional!

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      Lovely collection! I would love to have the heart necklace in your cover picture.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @RuralFloridaLiving: I love emeralds, especially when they are accented by diamonds!

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Beautiful diamond and emerald pieces!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @Magda2012: I love it when other stones are highlighted by diamonds. They both look better! Thanks for reading my article and leaving a comment!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I love this combination.

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      Magda2012 4 years ago

      Really beautiful! I like the idea of combining emeralds and diamonds.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @WriterJanis2: I have an emerald and diamond ring that was given to me when I first married my husband. I have worn it every day for the past 41 years. I love it!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I love this combination.

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      Emeralds are my favourite gemstone. I think a diamond and emerald combination would be lovely.

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      Escapes2 4 years ago

      Great gift ideas! I really like the emerald frog pendant.