Monday, May 2, 2016

Emerald Gemstone: Engaging Nature and Fame

A gemstone that captured the essence of nature, the heart of world renown celebrity; A gemstone Rated as one of the big three most popular gemstones that are ruby, sapphire and emerald.

Emerald Description

Emerald is the green to greenish blue variety of beryl, a mineral species that also includes aquamarine as well as beryls in other colors.
May birthstone is emerald
May Birthstone is Emerald

Emerald, derived from the word smaragdus, meaning green in Greek, It was documented that emerald was mined in Egypt as early as 330 B.C. Cleopatra is known to be a major admirer of emerald. Nowadays, most emerald is mind in Brazil Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia. The availability of high-quality emerald is rare; accordingly, treatments to improve emerald clarity are common practices.

Famous Emerald

Emerald is famous for growing extremely large and capturing celebrity’s hearts as in the case of Cleopatra, Elizabeth Taylor & Angelina Jolie. The list is evidently long; these are few picks of word renowned emeralds.
BULGARI NECKLACE, 1962; On a break from shooting Cleopatra, Taylor took a stroll to Bulgari with Richard Burton. "Richard was so romantic that he'd use any excuse to give me a piece of jewelry," Taylor wrote. "He'd give me 'It's a beautiful day' presents or 'Let's go for a walk' presents. Over the years I've come to think of these as my 'It's Tuesday, I love you' jewelry." Taylor was given a choice between two spectacular emerald necklaces then picked this one labeled the smaller one.
Elizabeth Taylor Emerald Necklace by Bulgari 1962
Elizabeth Taylor Emerald Necklace by Bulgari 1962
The 1759 carat Guinness Emerald
The 1759-carat Guinness Emerald
The 1759 carat Guinness Emerald Crystal. The stone was found at the Coscuez in Colombia and is one of the largest gem-quality emerald crystals in the world. Today it is part of the collection of the Banco Nazionale de la Republica in Bogotà, Colombia
The splendid 167.97 carat Mackay Emerald was mined in Muzo, Colombia. The largest cut emerald in the National Gem Collection, it is set in an Art Deco diamond and platinum necklace designed by Cartier Inc. In 1931, Clarence H. Mackay presented the necklace as a wedding gift to his wife, Anna Case, a prima donna of the New York Metropolitan Opera from 1909 to 1920. The piece was donated to the Smithsonian Institute by Mrs. Anna Case Mackay in 1984.
The 167.97 carat Mackay Emerald
The 167.97 carat Mackay Emerald
The Chalk Emerald
The Chalk Emerald
The Chalk Emerald is a 37.82 carats Colombian emerald. The royal rulers of Baroda State, a princely state in India, once owned the emerald. In the 20th century, the emerald was recut from its original weight of 38.40 carats and set in a ring designed by Harry Winston. The ring was donated by Mr. and Mrs. O. Roy Chalk to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in 1972 and is part of the Smithsonian's National Gem and Mineral Collection.
The Patricia Emerald is a large and superbly colored specimen. At 632 carats, the twelve-sided crystal is considered one of the great emeralds in the world. Mined in Colombia in 1920 and named after the mine owner's daughter. The stone has some flaws, but this is common in emeralds. The emerald resides in the New York Museum of Natural History.
The Patricia Emerald 632 carat
The Patricia Emerald at 632 carat

Emerald Energy

The energy of nature itself is embodied within stones that carry the green ray, like Emerald stones; this heart chakra based energy makes them known as a stone of successful and abundant love. 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. Emerald as the birthstone for May is the symbol of rebirth, foresight, good fortune, and youth.
With the special connection people have to green nature, the leaves and the trees, emerald reminds to hold a special place in people’s heart.
Happy birthday to May births.
  • American Gem Society (2016), May Birthstone: Emerald, available at
  • Famous diamonds (2013), The World of Famous Gems, available at
  • GIA (2016), Emerald, available at
  • IGS (2016), The World’s Largest Emeralds, available at
  • Instyle (2016), Elizabeth Taylor's Most Memorable Jewelry, Available at

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