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Gemstone feature: Emeralds

Alon Shina

Posted on July 05 2020

Gemstone feature: Emeralds


“I saw a film 35 years ago called The Emerald Forest (allegedly based on a true story) set in the Amazon searching for sacred emeralds in a cave . The story and colour of the stone attracted me to these fascinating gems" - Alon.

The great green stone, defined by its rich range from bluish green to green to slightly yellowish green is one of the more well known precious gemstones of the world. Its name was derived from a Persian word meaning "green gem" and then altered from Greek to Latin as smaragdus, then to esmaurde, esmralde, and in the 16th century to esmeralde.  A short exert from one of the oldest books in history, Papyrus Prisse 4500 years old, show us how engrained emeralds have been within humanity - "But good words are more difficult to find than the emerald, for it is by slaves that it is discovered among the rocks." Even Cleopatra was know to mine them in Ancient Egypt. 

Emeralds really flourished as a precious stone in the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors looted thousands of emeralds from the mines of the Incas + Aztecs in South America and brought them back to Europe for the rich and royal. 
Sourcing these stones today shows Colombian emeralds are typically the most expensive as their green is exceptionally pure due to the chromium element found in the earth, with Brazil and Zambia coming close second and third in price points. Afghanistan, Australia, Pakistan, Russia, and the United States are some of the other countries know for mining emeralds. And for those into astrology; emeralds are the birthstone for Taurus as well an association with its ruling planet Venus. It’s said to bestow emotional strength to the stubbornly earthy nature of the Taurus zodiac sign.

Shop our range of emeralds here.

If you have an emerald you would like set into a pendant, earrings or a ring chat to Alon via email so he can design your an heirloom piece to keep forever.
alon@alonshina.com

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