Looking out onto the urban landscape of London it seems spring has, at long last, sprung. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom and the parks are a verdant, sun-drenched green.
Since we cannot all spend our days reclining in the great outdoors, we can turn to a touch of green sparkle on our persons instead: emeralds. These luscious green stones have been revered for years, from ancient Babylonians, to Romans, to Aristotle (who maintained they could ward off epilepsy. Thank goodness for the NHS…) Many cultures believed them to be lucky, the wearing of which could simultaneously ward off evil and bring good fortune. Not too shabby.
Whether you’re up all night to get lucky, you wish for luck or you believe we make our own luck, it is undeniable that we would be lucky to own this rare and fascinating gemstone. The beauty in an emerald lies not only in its unique, rich colour, but in its refined delicacy. Unlike diamonds, no emerald is completely flawless, inside they have a fascinating microcosm of feathered mineral fissures which look plant-like in nature, and so these tiny inclusions, perceptible – if you know what you are looking for – to the naked eye, became known as ‘jardin’ – garden.
But how can you tell a ‘good’ emerald from one whose garden is a tad overgrown? How do you buy an emerald? Unlike with diamonds which are carefully assessed and graded, a good emerald is as much to do with feeling and taste as it is with any technicality. If you like the colour and shape (the cut) and love the way it has been set, then it is for you. There are a few things to look out for, though. Generally the darker, deeper and more even the colour, the more valuable the stone. That’s not to say it will be your chosen one, though, as colour saturation – the intensity of the colour, also plays a part. This is what makes an emerald sparkle, and you may find you are drawn to a lighter colour.
How to choose a good quality emerald? Look at it. You have the colour, the cut, the saturation, now you need to pay attention to that delightful garden hiding beneath its green surface. These inclusions are present in almost all emeralds and make each stone unique. However, you don’t want them too near the surface, making it more likely to crack, or so large that they detract from the overall appearance of the stone. Choosing stones for your jewellery is as much love as information.
Do I have to be careful with an Emerald? The real answer to this is yes. An emeralds hardness is 7.5-8 on the Moh scale and a diamond is 10. Therefore you simply need to be a bit more careful with and Emerald. We will also give you a small bottle of wintergreen to keep your emerald looking lustrous.
The emerald options available for you to love at Stephen Einhorn are limitless as all our jewellery is customisable to your individual taste. You could have a skull with devilish green eyes or a ring with an intoxicating central stone for looking at while you daydream.
No need to be green with envy: with an emerald gracing your finger or hanging round your neck you will always have a tiny spring garden to hand. What a piece of luck.