May is upon us, and those of you with birthdays this month have a stunning birthstone: the brilliant emerald. This gemstone’s rich green shade symbolizes the renewal and rejuvenation of spring. In fact, the name “emerald” comes from the Greek word “smaragdus,” which literally means “green.” Interested in learning more about emeralds? Keep reading for a rundown on why this gemstone is so special.
In honor of the May birthstone, here are some fun facts about emeralds:
- High-quality emeralds can actually be worth more than diamonds on a per-carat basis. One of the most expensive, the Rockefeller Emerald, is worth just over a whopping $5.5 million!
- Emeralds are made up of a type of mineral called beryl, the same mineral that makes aquamarine. Gem experts differ on exactly what shade constitutes an emerald or a less-expensive green beryl. GIA uses lab-graded comparison stones to determine if the green color is dark enough and saturated enough to be called emerald.
- Cleopatra famously had a passion for these brilliant green stones. Funny enough, Elizabeth Taylor, the actress who notably played the Egyptian queen, had an affinity for emeralds, as well. Her on-again, off-again husband, Richard Burton, gifted her a beautiful necklace beset with emeralds and diamonds from Bulgari.
- Emerald measures between 7.5 – 8 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Though they are durable stones, emeralds are susceptible to chipping and cracking. Rather than using harsh cleaners on emerald jewelry, use mild soap and water to ensure the gemstone’s quality.
Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange carries much more than diamonds, silver and gold. We carry a wide range of joyas featuring gemstones, especially emeralds!
If you’d like to see more of our selection, come in and see us weekdays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. or Saturdays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. If you enjoyed this post, keep an eye out for future monthly gem spotlights.