Whether you’re thinking about selling your diamonds or selling birthstones, it’s always great to know a little bit more about your gems and jewels first to gain a deeper understanding of their value. Particularly when selling birthstones, these gems offer us great insights into the past and, no matter the month, they always present a fascinating history.
This month’s birthstone is the coveted and magnificent emerald. Typically of a green colour, emeralds were one of Queen Cleopatra’s favourite gemstones. Indeed, the ancient Egyptians found emeralds so fascinating that mummies have frequently been found buried with them. This is because, to the Egyptians, the gemstone signified rebirth, youth and freshness, due to its verdure-like colour.
Other cultures throughout history have linked emeralds to insight, patience, luck, clairvoyance, and resurrection.
Even in modern times, emeralds are believed to offer many positive properties to those whose wear them. Some people think that these gems can cure a whole range of health issues, ranging from dysentery to fever, as well as being an antidote for poison, preventing infertility, and even enhancing cognitive abilities.
Emeralds are mainly mined in Columbia, which, depending on the year, produces up to 95 per cent of the world’s emeralds. However, it is also found all over the world, including South Africa, Somalia, Austria, India, and Australia, to name a few.
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The finest emeralds are those that have an intense green colour and are transparent, while the less valuable ones contain white streaks and can be opaque. Furthermore, much like diamonds, they are graded according to the 4 Cs – colour, clarity, cut and crystal.
Keen to learn a little more about this precious gemstone? Have a look at the infographic below:
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So, when the time comes and you want to sell birthstones, you’ll know all there is to know about May’s stone, the emerald.
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