Angelina Jolie Lorraine Schwartz emerald earings

Are diamonds really a girl’s best friend? For all the neofits out there or those who don’t particularly are interested in the jewelry business, it is probably true. But “real” truth be told, diamonds are not the only girl’s (or boy’s for that matter) best friends. There are a lot more other magnificent gemstones worth noticing in this world,like rubies, sapphires, emeralds and so many more. Speaking about emeralds, those incredibly deep green gemstones became and continue to be extremely popular in jewelry designs all around the world. Let’s have a read and take a dive in its history and this recurring jewelry trend.

A royal jewelry history

The Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara of Princess Eugenie Wedding

Many colored gemstones have a close relationship with high prestige and royalty. Emeralds are no exception. It is said that this deep green stone was in the past viewed as a symbol of great power, a representation of lush nature, basically paradise on earth. With this symbolism, emeralds were and still are a prime choice in royal families jewelry set from Egypt Antiquity to Indian royalty and let’s not forget British Imperialism.

The perfection is in the cut

Without a doubt, the long emerald’s history with royalty and nobility is part of its great success but the biggest factor of its popularity resides in its unmistakable color. The color of an emerald is intimately linked to how it is cut. In its action, cutting a precious stone takes also in consideration clarity and carat weight of the gem. A person who masters the craftsmanship of emerald cutting knows that to achieve the perfect gem, the cutting must maximize the rough crystal and at the same time preserve the deepest tone and saturation of the stone.

Anyone who wants to acquire an emerald must know that the cut, clarity, color and carat are not the only features of the deep green gemstone. Since emeralds are Type 3 gemstones, most of them need special treatments with oil or sometimes polymer resin. Why ? Because of inclusions telling the history of the stones formation and their origin. It definitely influences the value of the stones. Similar-looking emeralds will have different prices according to the amount of treatments they received. An emerald with fewer treatments will cost more on the market. It is a “must know” for any buyers. This is why the treatment report of an emerald must absolutely be disclosed.

A jewelry trend set by celebrities

Lorraine Schwartz emerald earrings worn by Angelina Jolie at the 2009 Academy Awards

More recently, show business is one of the main factors of the rising popularity for the green stone. Indeed, stylists and celebrities more and more favor brillant emeralds instead of more classical white diamonds. The reason being its vibrancy with clothes and how it pops out in photographs. Ever since, the emerald has become a big trend and it does not look like it is going to die down anytime soon.

Now that you have all the elements to purchase emeralds safely and consciously, go for it !

You will not regret it…

Edna Mensah
Chief Marketing Officer at ExJewel