GEM OF THE MONTH
The Mystical Gem of Cleopatra…the Emerald
The emerald is the most precious stone in the beryl group. The wonderful green color of emerald is unparalleled in the gem world. emerald s have the most beautiful, most intense, and most radiant green that can possibly be imagined.
Many fantastic stories have grown up around this magnificent gem. The Incas and Aztecs regarded the emerald as a holy gemstone. However, probably the oldest known finds were once made in Egypt. These mines were exploited by Egyptian pharaohs. During Cleopatra’s reign, she claimed the emerald mines as her own. The emerald was her favorite gem.
Even for a skilled gem cutter, cutting emerald s presents a special challenge because of the frequent inclusions in the raw stone. However, this does not detract from the cutters' love of this unique gem. In emerald expect to see inclusions that dealers like to call an internal “jardin,” or garden. Due to the crystal shape emerald s are commonly cut as rectangular step cuts called emerald cuts.
As the gem of spring, emerald is the perfect choice as the birthstone for the month of May. It’s also the gem of the twentieth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversaries.
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