Historically emeralds have been prized as the gems of royalty, romance, and intrigue. They have been said to help people foresee the future and also have properties that can aid in health, love, and happiness. This makes emeralds a meaningful gift for a loved one.
Did you know that emeralds are the traditional gift for a 55th anniversary?
Emeralds are graded differently from diamonds, and inclusions and imperfections are more acceptable in emeralds than in any other stone. Natural flaws in emeralds are considered part of the character of the stone and assure the purchaser that the stone is natural rather than lab-created.
Unlike diamonds, whose clarity must be evaluated under 10x magnification, emeralds' clarity is graded with the naked eye.
Emeralds can range in color from blue green to yellow green. Although their hardness is rated 7.5 to 8 on a scale of ten, their durability and toughness is only considered fair to good because of their natural inclusions.
For comparison, diamonds have a hardness of 10 and turquoise is 5 to 6. Because emeralds naturally have internal fractures it has become industry standard to "oil" treat the fractures to minimize their appearance.