There is so much history dating back for our adoration of emeralds. For example the betrothal stone Prince Albert presented to Queen Victoria in 1839 was an emerald. The earliest known emerald mines go back to ancient Egypt, dating from at least 330 BC into the 1700s. Cleopatra in particular was passionate about emeralds and frequently used them in her royal jewelry. It’s even said her introduction to Mark Atony was made while lying on a bed of emeralds, attempting to captivate his attention in both her beauty and by her wealth.
The emerald is the most popular member of the beryl family, and most popular green gemstone. The most desirable emerald colors are pure green to bluish green with vivid color saturation. The most prized emeralds are highly transparent, with the color evenly distributed. Emeralds from Colombia are said to have a warmer and more intense pure green color, while Zambian emeralds are said to have a cooler, more bluish green color. In spite of these theories, the truth is that emerald appearance often overlaps between sources.
Our exquisite collection of emerald jewelry includes genuine & inspired Art Deco, vintage & modern estate, as well as new jewelry. The emerald color emulates new spring growth, hence it is the perfect birthstone for the month of May. It is also the gemstone for the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries.