Category Archives: 5. May Birthstone Tidbits

Natural Emerald Sources

Natural emeralds come from a variety of sources. Often the color of an emerald CAN be in indicator of its origin, although color isn’t always a reliable factor in determining the emerald source. The largest supplier of emerald is Colombia. … Continue reading

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Emerald Color Range

Emerald color varies from very strongly bluish green to green with a wide range of tone and saturation…some are dark, some are light…some look washed out while others are bright and vivid. As with most all colored stones the color … Continue reading

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Science Project Faux Pas Yields Real Emerald

Did you know real emeralds can be grown in a lab? In 1938, after years of experimenting, US college student Carroll Chatham successfully grew the first gem-quality emerald. While Carroll was off in college, his chemistry experiment was left running … Continue reading

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Emerald Sister To Aquamarine

I mentioned back in March that emerald and aquamarine are both members of the mineral species, Beryl. The color is the most obvious difference between emerald and aquamarine. Emerald ranges in color from strong bluish-green to light to very dark … Continue reading

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Emerald History and Folklore

Emerald is the most prominent of green gemstones both in popularity and in value. Its rich green hue brings to mind the regeneration of life in spring and hope of new possibilities. Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle for … Continue reading

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