Emerald gemstones have dazzled people for thousands of years—Cleopatra, the ancient Egyptian pharaoh, is known to have had a passion for the stone. The distinctive translucent (clear) or transparent (see-through) stones feature brilliant color that ranges from blue- to yellow-green. Alaska Jewelry carefully selects the highest quality natural emerald stones to create stunning rings, bracelets, earrings, and pendants. Learn more about this beautiful gemstone below.
Emerald: Age, Color, and Geographic Occurrence
Age: The oldest emeralds in the world were unearthed in South Africa and dated at 2.97 billion years old. To put this into perspective, the first multi-cellular life forms (which includes all species of animals and terrestrial plants) didn’t show up in the geological record until 2.1 billion years ago! While all stones in emerald jewelry aren’t as old as those uncovered in South Africa, it goes without saying that if you own one of these precious stones you have in your possession a piece of earth’s ancient history.
Color: Emerald is a variety of the mineral beryl, but what gives the gemstone its green color are trace amounts of chromium and vanadium. Trace amounts of iron will create a bluish-green or yellowish-green hue, depending on the oxidation state of the iron. The color of emerald is often a source of confusion—to be considered an emerald the stone must have rich color. Lighter beryl stones are considered “green beryl,” not emerald. If the stone has a greenish-blue hue it’s considered aquamarine, and if it’s greenish-yellow it is called heliodor.
Where Emerald Is Found: Emerald is rare and is only found in relative abundance in a handful of locations around the world. Most emeralds today are harvested from Colombia, Brazil, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Small amount of emerald are also found in Madagascar, Afghanistan, Canada, Russia, and a handful of other countries.
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