Emeralds are part of the beryl mineral family and, unlike diamonds, sapphires and rubies, emeralds come with more inclusions when compared to these gemstones. Inclusions are natural imperfections that cause the stones to be more fragile, meaning emeralds are more delicate and should be worn on truly special occasions.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t wear emeralds every day, as long as the proper care is taken to ensure the gem remains as beautiful as the day you purchased it. The depth of the colour of emeralds makes them incredibly popular – and remarkable – stones, as green is associated with the Earth, wellbeing and prosperity.
A Brief History of the Emerald
The name ‘emerald’ derives from the vulgar Latin ‘esmaraldus’, which, in turn, comes from the Latin ‘smaragdus’, meaning green. These stones have been revered throughout history and were once believed to have the ability to show the wearer the future and cure illnesses.
Emeralds have been worn for a long time, as people can date them back to Ancient Egypt, around 300 BC. Cleopatra herself was believed to love emeralds, but many other people wore them at the time and were buried with them as well.
Spanish explorers discovered South American mines in the 16th century, which meant Europe had a steady supply of these stones and today, countries like Colombia are famous for their beautiful and valuable emeralds.
Emeralds at New Cavendish Jewellers
It’s crucial to consider the colour, clarity, cut, carat and size of the stones when buying new emerald jewellery, and, as mentioned above, you should also take inclusions into account. Contrary to other gems, these imperfections don’t have to detract from the value of the emerald – inclusions can form attractive patterns called jardin (French for ‘garden’), which are as unique as fingerprints.
Colour is extremely important when it comes to emerald jewellery, and the richer, more vibrant or vivid the hues are, the more valuable the stone is. Just like with diamonds and other precious stones, cut is also vital – you’ll want to buy a stone with a cut that enhances its natural green colour, and the emerald cut is one of the most popular because it allows you to get a stone with the minimal number of inclusions. That way, your emerald will shine even brighter!
Emeralds are the birthstone for May and the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries, so what better way to celebrate your love than with a stunning jewellery piece your partner will cherish forever?
If you’re on the hunt for emerald jewellery in London, you’ll be happy to know that our items are classically designed rather than just being trendy, which means they will never go out of style. They’re also perfect for different personal preferences since you can get more minimalist pieces if you prefer a subtler look or bolder ones that showcase your personality or allow you to make a statement.
You can also enjoy emerald jewellery on finance, as we offer options that allow you to buy at your convenience.
Find Emerald Jewellery at New Cavendish Jewellers
We offer a collection of real emerald jewellery at New Cavendish Jewellers, perfect as a gift to yourself or a loved one, be it a beautiful ring or a stunning necklace. We also stock many other luxury jewellery pieces, such as sapphire jewellery
and ruby jewellery