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GEMS May – How to care for Emerald Jewelry & Gemstone

by JewelStruck on May.31, 2010, under GEMS

With the last post of Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – May, we would writing on how to care for Emerald Jewelry and Gemstone. Do use these tips in general too, to keep your jewelry last long. Also showcasing a very beautiful Emerald Brooch kept at Museum of Natural History, Washington.

Hooker Emerald Brooch

Continuing with Emerald Jewelry care tips, here we go :-

  • Emeralds are generally found without fissures and surface cracks, so it’s common for them to have been oiled, waxed or filled with resin.
  • Though they have a good hardness, but due to inclusions and fissures they can easily break or chip on impact. So you should wear the emerald jewelry carefully. Also you can keep emerald in your jewelry surrounded with harder gemstones like diamond to avoid direct impact.
  • Every 2-3 years, you can give it to an experienced jeweler to re-oil your emerald, which would keep make it look good longer.
  • Clean emerald jewelry with a soft, dry cloth only. Avoid exposing emerald to harsh chemicals.
  • Store your Emerald Jewelry in a dry place, preferably away from sunlight. Also don’t store them in the same compartments of bags as diamonds and sapphires to prevent scratches to the emeralds.

So those were a few tips on how to care for Emerald Jewelry and thats all from this series on Emeralds, we would be coming up with a new stone soon for next month.  We would be announcing GEMS June soon, if you have any suggestions do email them at

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GEMS May – Metaphysical & Healing properties of Emerald

by JewelStruck on May.27, 2010, under GEMS

Continuing with Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – May, we would be discussing about metaphysical and healing properties of Emerald. Also showcasing a very beautiful Emerald necklace set, by Mauro Luna. If you have anything to share on Emeralds, do email us at before the end of this month, for it to be featured.

Emerald Necklace, Ring and Earrings

  • Emerald is a stone of love and good fortune, and is reputed to bring both passion and domestic bliss. It brings and enhances harmony, joy, cleansing, clairvoyance, memory, and faith.
  • Physically, Emerald is associated with the heart chakra. This crystal is the most recommended stone for breathing issues, heart health, swollen lymphnodes, blood problems, the thymus, the pancreas ( for blood sugar rebalance), labor/delivery, eyesight, and the etheric field. Excellent general healer.
  • Emerald shares with you abundant energy, both physical and spiritual. It helps you to expand beyond your fear into higher wisdom, praising and enjoying life. It represents infinite consciousness expressing itself through wisdom and eternal unconditional love.
  • According to Feng Shui, Emerald is used primarily in the Southeast direction for wealth, in the Southwest direction for relationships and in the North for personal growth and journeys.
  • The Emerald is associated with the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, and Chiron.

So thats all we had about metaphysical and healing properties of Emerald. We would be posting more on this Gemstone soon, do wait for our next post in this series.

Image credit – Mauro Luns

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GEMS May – History behind Emeralds

by JewelStruck on May.24, 2010, under GEMS

Continuing with Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – May for Emerald, we would be discussing about History behind Emerald. This awesome green coloured, beautiful gemstone has been a gem of fascination in many cultures for over six thousand years. Also showcasing very beautiful Emerald Heart Earrings by Nikita Kashner

Emerald Hearts by Nikita Kashner

  • The name according to Indian mythology was orignated from Sanskrit as “marakata”, meaning green. One other believed source of this name was Herbrew, orignating from the word izmargad – again meaning “green”. It is also believed to be orignated in Greek, derived from  Latin word “smaragdus”.
  • Records show that Emerald was traded in Babylon as early as 4000 BC. Emeralds were prized by ancient Egyptian pharaohs and by the Aztec rulers in South America, who considered the green gem a holy stone. It was known that Emerald was a favorite gem of Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, and the Emerald mine in Upper Egypt, rediscovered a hundred years ago near the Red Sea, was one of the earliest Emerald occurrences in the human history
  • In India, ancient scriptures speak of the emerald. More recently Shah Jahan loved Emeralds so much that he had sacred texts inscribed into them and used these gemstones as talismans.
  • Russian crown jewels were also adorned by Emeralds. The Iranian crown jewels have a wide collection of Emerald Jewels, including the very famous, Emerald tiara of ex-Empress Farah.

So these were a few things we found out on history behind Emeralds. If you have anything to share on Emeralds, do email us at Do wait for the next post, with more on this month’s Gemstone – Emerald.

Image credit – Nikita Kashner

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GEMS May – Mines and Types of Emerald

by JewelStruck on May.20, 2010, under GEMS

Moving ahead with second post on Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) for May, we would be discussing about Mines and Types of Emerald. Also showcasing a very beuatiful Indian Emerald Necklace at Natural History Museum – Washington DC. If you would like to share anything on Emeralds, do email us at

Washington DC - Natural History Museum - Indian Emerald Necklace

Emeralds are generally classified by the place they come from, so we would discuss about the types and mines of Emerald together.

  • Zambian Emerald – although discovered in the late 40’s was not commercially mined until the 1950’s. Zambia, today is one of the worlds’s leading producers of fine Emerald. Its known for its intense color, remarkable clarity and retains its magnificent hue even in small stones of less than 0.5 ct. This makes it most highly prized variety of Emerald.
  • Columbian Emerald – Columbia is the biggest producer of emeralds these days, both in terms of quantity and quality. These are mainly sought after for the large crystals and therefore bigger stones.
  • Sandwana Emerald – Coming from Zimbabwe, they have stunning color and are known for the inclusions inside. They look very similar to Zambian Emerald.
  • Brazilian Emerald – Brazil has been supplying emerald to the world market since the 1980s. Brazilian emeralds are generally lighter and yellowish in shade.

Emeralds are found in many other countries too – including Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania and United States.

Syenthetic Emerald – The first commercially successful emerald synthesis process was that of Carroll Chatham. However the process did not run out to be commercially much viable. Another process known as hydrothermal flux process by Pierre Gilson Sr., began to be used in the production of synthetic emerald since 1964.

So this was all we had for mines and types of Emerald, we will be back with more info on Emeralds sooner. If you want to share anything, do email us.

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Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – Emerald for May

by JewelStruck on May.08, 2010, under GEMS

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 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.

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.

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