May Birthstone: Emerald

Facts and thoughts on May's magical green gemstone...

An Emerald I'm preparing to make a bezel setting for

Emeralds are among the most beautiful gems in the world, but they are a difficult stone to work with due to their many inclusions (fragments of other minerals embedded in the stone during its formation). This makes them more prone to breakage and why a high quality Emerald can be very expensive.

As a GIA Graduate Gemologist, I am trained to assess the condition, color and overall quality of the Emeralds I select for my work (like the one above in the picture). I am lucky to align with quality gem dealers that source some of the most exquisite stones available to jewelers. Once in my studio, I enjoy studying the gem carefully using my gemological microscope.

If you are interested in Emerald stones and want to discuss how they can be used in my designs, call, email or visit during my open hours.

Emerald Quick Facts:

Variety: Beryl

Hardness: 7.5-8 on the Mohs Scale

Durability: Delicate


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