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Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – Emerald for May

by JewelStruck on May.08, 2010, under GEMS

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The birthstone of May, Emerald has been chosen for Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) this month. We would be discussing about them this complete month, if you have anything to share on Emeralds do email us at info@jewelstruck.com. With this post showcasing very beautiful gold pendant from Spain, with table-cut emeralds and hung with an emerald drop. Its currently been exhibited at Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Spanish Jewellery gold & emerald pendant

Lets get started with some quick facts on Emeralds for the first part of this series.

  • Emeralds are a variety of the mineral beryl, having green colour caused by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium.
  • Sometimes they have shades of blue and yellow, it looses color on prolonged heating.
  • Emerald hardness ranges from 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale.
  • The word “Emerald” is derived from Vulgar Latin: Esmaralda/Esmaraldus, a variant of Latin Smaragdus, which originated in Greek.
  • As we have said before, its birtstone of May and in some cultures emerald is considered traditional gift for the 55th wedding anniversary.
  • The “Gachala Emerald” is one of the largest emeralds in the world at 858 carats. This stone was found in 1967 at Vega de San Juan mine, Columbia.

So these were some facts on Emeralds, we would be back with more on Emeralds in coming posts of GEMS series this month.

Image credit:- Junho Jung

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