The highest quality emeralds come from COLOMBIAN, ZAMBIAN and BRAZILIAN mines.
Colombian emeralds will typically be the most expensive followed by Brazilian and Zambian stone.
Chromium, vanadium and iron are the trace elements that cause emerald’s colour. The presence or absence of each and their relative amounts determine the exact colour of an emerald crystal.
Colombian emeralds are said to have a warmer and more intense pure green colour.
Zambian emeralds are said to have a cooler more bluish green colour.
Emeralds typically contain inclusions that are visible to naked eye.
Inclusions in emerald look like garden moss and so are called Jardin which is French for garden.
The first known emerald mines were in Egypt dating back to 330 BC and were open till 1700’s.
“CLEOPATRA’ was known to have passion for emeralds and used them in her royal adornments.
According to Indian lore, the name ‘Emerald’ was first translated from Sanskrit as “MARAKATA” meaning “THE GREEN OF GROWING THINGS”.