The green of Emerald is representative of life and springtime.
It has made the news in many forms, from television news to design and fashion blogs. The color of 2013 is Emerald. Did you know every year Pantone (the company most often thought of when choosing paint colors), picks a color of the year? The color then starts to pop up in clothing store windows, runways, living rooms, jewelry and on and on.
Emeralds historically have been associated with healing, fertility and beauty. Ancient Romans associated Venus, the goddess of love, with emeralds while Ancient Greeks wore emeralds in honor of Aphrodite. Emeralds are even known to have been a favorite of Cleopatra. Emeralds are the birthstone of those born in May and also the chosen gem for celebrating the 20th, 35th, and 55th wedding anniversary.
Emeralds come in many varieties of green, from light to dark, deep forest. Emeralds are graded similarly to diamonds using 4 Cs. When grading emeralds the 4Cs stand for Color, Cut, Clarity, and Crystal.
The Crystal aspect of an emerald, the C that is different from diamond grading, refers to an emeralds’ transparency. Color is followed closely by Crystal in terms of importance when grading. The conditions in which emeralds are produced results in cracks and cavities in the stone. Inclusions are acceptable, even in top quality emeralds.
It takes a highly trained jeweler to ensure that your gem is set in a way that optimizes its beauty but also protects this precious gem. With our experience at Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler we have had the opportunity to work with emeralds to create many custom jewelery pieces. Below are a few pictures of our past work.