The green of life and love
Emeralds are fascinating gemstones. They have the most beautiful, most intense and most radiant green that can possibly be imagined: emerald green. Inclusions are tolerated. In top quality, fine emeralds are even more valuable than diamonds.
Even with inclusions, an emerald in a deep, lively green still has a much higher value than an almost flawless emerald whose colour is paler. A large emerald with good colour and good transparency is rare. That is why fine emeralds are so valuable.
The World of Fine Emeralds
Colombia continues to be at the top of the list in terms of the countries in which fine emeralds are found. The best known mines are Muzo and Chivor. Brazil also supplies rare emerald cat’s eyes and extremely rare emeralds with a six-spoked star.
A Sophisticated Gemstone
Whilst its good hardness protects the emerald to a large extent from scratches, its brittleness and its many fissures make cutting, setting and cleaning rather difficult. Indeed, they have developed a special cut just for this gem: the emerald cut. The clear design of this rectangular or square cut with its bevelled corners brings out the beauty of this valuable gemstone to the full, at the same time protecting it from mechanical strain.
Emeralds, like other coloured gemstones, do not really begin to show that beautiful glow below a certain size. How large ''your'' emerald ends up will depend on your personal taste, and on your budget. However, the price of a top-quality emerald may be higher than that of a diamond of the same weight. The fascination exuded by a fine emerald is simply unique.