Featured Gem

emerald

Emerald is the bluish green to green variety of beryl, a mineral species that includes aquamarine.

The most valued variety of beryl, emerald was once cherished by Spanish conquistadors, Inca kings, Moguls, and pharaohs. Today, fine gems come from Africa, South America, and Central Asia.

BIRTHSTONE:

overview

Gem experts differ on the degree of green that makes one stone an emerald and another stone a less-expensive green beryl. Most gemologists, gemological laboratories, and colored stone dealers call a stone green beryl when its color is "too light" for it to be classified as emerald. Even among that group, however, there's a difference of opinion about what's considered "too light."

Emerald Earrings
Emerald Ring
Emerald Bracelet
2.97 Billion Years

Age of the oldest emeralds, from South Africa.

$6,578,500

2011 sales price for Elizabeth Taylor's emerald pendant - a record $280,000 per carat.

Cleopatra

Pharaoh known for her passion for emeralds.

Quality Factors

Emerald has been the standard for green colored stones for millennia.

Color
Color Emerald

The most desirable emerald colors are bluish green to pure green, with vivid color saturation.

Clarity
Clarity Emerald

In Emerald expect to see inclusions that dealers like to call an internal "jardin," or garden.

Cut
Cut Emerald

Due to the crystal shape emeralds are commonly cut as rectangular step cuts called emerald cuts.

Carat Weight
Carat Weight Emerald

Because its density is lower, a one-carat emerald will appear larger in size than a one-carat diamond.