How to Choose Good Emeralds

How to Choose Good Emeralds

Emeralds are known for being beautiful, radiating faithfulness, hope, and a love that lasts for the rest of one’s life. 

Emeralds are used in a lot of engagement rings because of how they look and are considered to be one of the four precious stones out there. 

Emeralds tend to be green, but they usually vary in terms of shade and depth, and usually impacts the quality. For those looking for a good engagement ring, the best thing to understand is the history, and usually offers a lot of different elements.  Here, we’ll give you some tips to choose this.

The History of emeralds 

One cool thing about emeralds is that they’ve been around for a long time. Alexander the Great, when he conquered Egypt, established Egypt to be a cultural center for learning and development.  They also were one of the primary exporters of both grain and papyrus.  During this, Egyptians also dug mines to get emeralds. 

Many miners thought that they were intriguing, and a lot of jewels jumped on this, cutting and then polishing these gems to include these in necklaces, sculptures, even armor too. A lot of rich nobles did like these emeralds, and they owned them, varying in both quality, and sizes too. 

Egyptians and Romans that came later didn’t just like emeralds, but they thought that emeralds would give them a chance to see the future, and also tell the difference between the truth and lies.

This father was compounded in the 1500s, when explorers sailed to this new world, discovering the emeralds.  They also found some South American natives that also liked the emeralds, and they were bigger, more profound than the Egyptian ones. They carried them home, and many ships came to south America just to get them. 

Emeralds finally began to be seen in rings, necklaces, crowns, and so much more, with the gems creating new symbology as time went on.

How they’re Made 

They’re made from beryl, a mineral, which is found in rock, especially limestone and mica. This is a mineral that’s versatile, composed of beryllium, silicon, aluminum, and finally oxygen. 

These are all found in magma, hydrothermal vents, and also hot water that flows below the curt of the earth. When magma cools, they all bond together, and there are some crystals from beryl that are hexagonal. 

Beryl is transparent, but once this forms, it’s also covered by some metal. One example of this metal is chromium, iron, and vanadium, and they color this beryl to make this green.  If it’s vivid, green and very strong, that’s an emerald. 

Factors to Choose the ideal emerald

There are a few things to help you choose the ideal emerald.

You want to make sure that the color is a big part. The hue of this, with a green that offers overtones of this, offers a vivid green color.  If there are overtones, usually they offer a blue one, and this is usually more preferable.

The tone is also a big part of this. it can either be medium, light, or dark colors, and usually, it offers a good tone.

Finally, the saturation. This is the purity of this color. Emeralds that offer a vivid and beautiful green color, with almost no saturation and overtones is pretty good. 

Anything with poor saturation offers a stronger overtone, and a color that’s a dull green. Emeralds also offer a saturation that’s good, and also looks good in jewelry due to the way that it reflects light, and the brilliance that’s there.

Consider this when you’re choosing the ideal emerald.

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