Emerald Gemstones

by Sasha t on May 16, 2023

Emerald Gemstones - Jack Weir & Sons

Emeralds are a beautiful and valuable gemstone, known for their stunning green color and exceptional durability. They are one of the four precious gemstones, along with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires, and have been treasured by cultures around the world for thousands of years.

Art deco inspired GIA 6.62 carat old mine cut diamond with 22 calibre cut emeralds surrounding it on a platinum setting

Emeralds are a type of beryl mineral, which also includes other gemstones such as aquamarine and morganite. They are formed from a combination of beryllium, aluminum, silicon, and oxygen, and their characteristic green color is due to trace amounts of chromium and vanadium. The intensity and hue of an emerald's color can vary widely, from pale green to deep, rich green.

Mid century 13.93 carat zambian emerald cocktail ring accented by two shield cut diamonds on the side on a platinum setting

Emeralds are found in many parts of the world, but the most famous emerald deposits are located in Colombia. Colombian emeralds are highly prized for their rich, pure green color and are considered to be some of the finest in the world. Other significant sources of emeralds include Brazil, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Madagascar.

Vintage emerald diamond on a 18k yellow gold bezel setting

Emeralds have been highly valued throughout human history. Ancient Egyptians believed that emeralds symbolized rebirth and fertility and often buried them with their dead. The Incas and Aztecs of South America also revered emeralds and used them in religious ceremonies and offerings to their gods.

In the Middle Ages, emeralds were popular among European royalty and nobility, who believed that the gemstones had healing properties and could ward off evil spirits. Today, emeralds are still used in jewelry and are a popular choice for engagement rings.

Diamond emerald tennis bracelet on 14k white gold

As with all gemstones, the value of an emerald is determined by its quality, including its color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. The finest emeralds can be very valuable, with some specimens fetching prices that rival those of diamonds.

Art deco inspired 2.51 carat old mine european cut diamond accented by 25 calibre cut emeralds on a platinum setting

Investing in emeralds can be a lucrative endeavor, but it is important to do so with caution and care. As with any investment, it is important to work with a reputable dealer and to educate oneself on the qualities that make an emerald valuable.

Emeralds are relatively durable gemstones, with a hardness of 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale. However, they are more prone to cracking and chipping than other gemstones, so it is important to handle them with care. To clean emeralds, it is best to use warm, soapy water and a soft brush, and to avoid exposing them to harsh chemicals or ultrasonic cleaners.

2.08 carat emerald  bezel set necklace on a 18k yelllow gold chain


In addition to their cultural significance and value as a gemstone, emeralds are also associated with a number of meanings and symbolism. Some people believe that emeralds represent love, loyalty, and friendship, making them a popular choice for engagement rings or as gifts to loved ones. Others believe that emeralds have healing properties and can help alleviate stress and anxiety, and promote emotional balance and spiritual growth.

Emeralds have been a popular choice in jewelry for centuries, and their timeless beauty continues to inspire designers and fashionistas alike. They are often used in high-end jewelry pieces such as necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, and are also incorporated into fashion accessories such as handbags and shoes. In recent years, emerald green has also become a popular color in fashion, with designers incorporating the rich, jewel-toned hue into their collections.


Here at Jack Weir & Sons we’ve spent the last 40 years traveling to Europe and all over the world, curating extraordinary estate jewels. JWS is where the old world meets the new world. Celebrate life, preserve history, and discover your own priceless heirloom jewel. We are extremely grateful for our clients and the ability to help people to celebrate their special moments through one of a kind jewelry. To share that gratitude and our strong family values, we chose to partner with Baby2BabySo far, we've donated $125,000. A portion of every sale goes towards children living in poverty to provide them with diapers, clothing, and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. 

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