If you’re looking to add some brilliant color to your engagement ring, why not consider emerald?
Emerald is glamorous, fun, and the color compliments almost any skin tone and outfit. For the non-traditionalist in you, an emerald engagement ring is a fabulous way to make a statement. For those looking to add a splash of color or excitement, an emerald engagement ring is an excellent choice.
Emeralds enjoy a long history, from use by the early Egyptians (don’t let the fact that they used to bury emeralds with mummies deter you – some believe that what Egyptians called emeralds were actually peridot) and popularity in ancient Rome.
Cleopatra had emeralds cut to her likeness and Napoleon personally chose emeralds for Josephine. Emeralds are mined in exotic locations throughout the world including India, South Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Zimbabwe … and North Carolina.
What is an emerald, aside from the birthstone for May and the traditional 55th wedding anniversary gift?
Emeralds are the green constituents of the beryl mineral family, and when clear, can be worth as much as a diamond. Most often, however, the emerald falls into the price class of the sapphire.
While emeralds are said to promote clairvoyance in the wearer, they are also worn to promote healing and enhance feelings of love and commitment; so they’re obviously a good choice for an engagement ring. Emeralds are also a symbol of new beginnings.
A few things to know about emeralds: The mineral can be mined or grown synthetically. The synthetic ones do not have the imperfections often found in nature and are also more cost effective – so the look you desire as well as your budget may have an impact on the choice.
Mined emeralds are often treated with oils or epoxy resins to fill-in surface cracks, so you may want to ask if the rock you’re considering has been treated. Even though this is a common practice, it’s good to know.
On the Mohs hardness scale, where a diamond ranks at 10, emeralds come in at 7.5 to 8. So while the stone is quite durable, those with emerald engagement rings should consider removing the rings for activities such as sports, gardening, or anything else that is hard on the hands.
Emeralds also require special cleaning care. As Kermit said, “It’s not easy being green.” Sonic and other hot or high-powered cleaning methods can damage emeralds, so warm water with a damp cloth or soft brush is the best option.
Because emeralds can range in color tones from yellowish to brilliant green, they can be an exciting choice for expressing your individuality. They’re also a great choice for adding a bit of mystique to your engagement ring.