Emerald is the most sought after variety of Beryl and can be blueish green to a pure green hue.
Emerald is one of the most popular and valued gemstones in the world. Its lure dates back to ancient times, admired for their vibrant green color. In fact, Emeralds were known to be loved by Cleopatra. Historically, the highest quality emeralds were mined in Colombia, but now high quality emeralds can be found in origins such as Zambia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Ethiopia. Emerald is considered a type III gemstone, meaning they can almost always be found with visible inclusions.
Birthstone of May
Emerald is the official birthstone of May. The lush green color pairs perfectly with the colors of spring. Emerald is a variety of beryl, which means it is a cousin of aquamarine and morganite.
Emeralds can vary in value based on color, clarity, carat weight, cut, and origin. For example, a lower quality, dime-sized emerald with a pale color, visible inclusions, and poor cutting can cost around $1,000, while a similar sized emerald with high color saturation, no visible inclusions, and perfectly symmetrical cutting can cost around $50,000! The origin of an emerald can also significantly affect the price. A stone from Colombia could be 50-75% more expensive than an identical stone from Zambia.