Emerald is prized for its rich green color as far back as the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, emerald boast a long history as a jewel fit for kings and queens. It is believed to bring health and wealth to its owner and enlightens the aura of those who wear it.
May's birthstone, emerald also is the chosen gift for the 20th or 35th wedding anniversary. Upheld as a symbol of devotion, contentment and undying love, emerald traditionally has been thought to protect and renew relationships.
The sister to aquamarine and a member of the beryl family, emerald is known for its distinctive color. The shades of green in which emerald is found can vary from light to dark, sometimes revealing a cool blue-green or warm yellowish-green. The more vivid the color, the more valuable the emerald. Another value factor is size, with emeralds over 2 carats being rare.
Traditional emerald enhancements include oil and resin, which helps fill natural fractures and inclusions, thereby stabilizing the gemstone. Emeralds require special care when wearing and cleaning. Avoid impacts and contact with harsh chemicals. It is wise to consult your jeweler on emerald care.
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