From the Emerald city of Oz to the Emerald Isle of the Celts, emeralds are coveted by the powerful, rich, and famous. Egypt’s own Queen Cleopatra viewed her green emerald rings as her prize possessions. This enticing jewel with its rich green hue has been part of fables and stories of luck and is associated with birthdays in May.
Vanadium and chromium are responsible for the beautiful green color in this gemstone variant of the mineral beryl. For centuries they have been paired with diamonds and other gemstones to adorn jewels. And now, with the help of ESHED, you will get a few facts on the precious stone as well as tips to help you make an informed decision on choosing the perfect green emerald ring to buy.
The Origin Of Emeralds
In 1500 BC, the Egyptians were the first to mine emeralds. They believed them to have great healing powers. They were viewed as a symbol of rebirth, fertility, immortality, and eternal youth—the reason being for Cleopatra to have so many of them.
Today, the mining of emeralds occurs around the world. Countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are the leaders in emerald mining. Colombia is believed to have the highest quality emeralds as their deposits are among the richest in the world.
Why Choose an Emerald for a Ring?
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you should consider an emerald ring.
Emeralds Are Not ‘Too Soft’
- Sitting on 7.5-8 on the Mohs hardness scale means that emeralds are pretty hard, scratch-resistant, and perfect for everyday wear.
- Many emeralds have extensive inclusions. And these inclusions are known by jewelers as “Jardin.” This Jardin is very typical in emeralds as they are a type III stone, some of these inclusions may reach the surface, and in these instances, it can make the stone vulnerable to chipping.
- It is a better decision to buy an emerald without any or many of these surface-reaching inclusions.
- Like any stone, emeralds can crack or chip if struck hard enough. If you buy a stone with a surface-reaching inclusion, be sure to set it in a protective setting like halo or bezel.
Emeralds Can Be Eye-Clean
- If you choose to buy high-quality natural emeralds without any inclusions, you can have an eye-clean stone.
- Emerald’s reflective index is 1.566-1.600, where a diamond reaches 2.42. This means that when light strikes an emerald, it does not give off a super rainbow sparkle like a diamond but rather glowing green flashes.
High-Quality Emeralds Are Rarer Even Than Diamonds
- Choosing a green emerald ring of the highest quality that is eye-clean will be the best decision ever as it is scarcer than diamonds. Much more rock has to be mined to locate this kind of gem.
Emeralds Are Easy to Keep Clean
- A soft toothbrush and soapy water will do the trick. If you use a steam cleaner or any other device, you might run the risk of stripping the stone of its oil. That is right. Emeralds get oiled before they are released into the market.
- The precious gemstone is oiled as a treatment to enrich the color, same as a hot oil treatment for your hair.
- If it so happens that you accidentally stripped the stone of its oil, you can have it re-oiled by a competent jeweler.
Are Emerald Rings Expensive?
Let’s face it. No one wants to wear cheap jewelry. And if you are in the market for high quality, you will be expected to pay $3000 and above at ESHED for the best natural emerald jewelry. Rest assured, as these green emerald rings are of the highest quality and can not be regarded the same as the synthetic stones of lower quality. Those rings might be more affordable, but they lack quality.
Luckily for you, there is an array of emerald jewelry to pick from if you do not want to obtain a green emerald ring.
ESHED has high-quality green emerald jewelry that range from emerald earrings to emerald bracelets, all of which are superior quality!
What Does an Emerald Ring Represent?
The meanings of emerald rings are infinite, but emerald engagement rings represent hope, love, luck, and peace. New beginnings in love and life are represented in the beautiful green hue of the emerald.
Which Finger Should Be Wearing an Emerald Ring?
A green emerald ring gives its wearer the ultimate advantage when worn on the right hand, on the little finger. The middle finger is also acceptable. When wearing a green emerald ring, certain benefits are said to be had, such as improving speech-related difficulties, respiratory-related ailments, allergies, and nervous disorders.
Whether this is true or not, everyone will notice your confidence if you wear a high-quality green emerald ring.
If you buy a green emerald ring or other emerald jewelry, you are sure to buy an investment as well.
The Value of Emeralds
Finding high-quality emeralds is becoming increasingly complex, making them as safe an investment as you can find in the gemstone market. From green emerald necklaces to emerald stud earrings, you can’t go wrong.
A good fact to remember is that an emerald’s per-carat value increases with the size of the stone. For example, the Taj Mahal emerald sold for $1.8 million in 2019, while the Rockefeller diamond reached a mere $5.5 million in 2017.
As the demand is increasing for high-quality emeralds, the price has increased in the last few years. It is estimated that an average increase of ten to twenty percent is expected every year. Massive demand for high-quality emeralds for green emerald rings has exploded in the far east, with China and Hong Kong at the head of the demand. This makes it even more important to know how to choose the right emerald ring as it will be an investment.
These emeralds hold a majestic power that has enticed the human race for centuries. Don’t you think it’s time to become enticed yourself? Spoil yourself and get a green emerald ring.