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Did you know the Emerald derives its beautiful green colour from the presence of Chromium and Vanadium?
The name Emerald comes from the Greek 'smaragdos' through the Old French 'Esmeraude', and again Latin 'Esmeralda' meaning 'green gemstone'.
Funny enough, in German the Greek word prevails: 'Smaragd'.
The Incas and Aztecs, in whose former realm the best emeralds are still found today, regarded the Emerald as holy gemstone.
However, the oldest known finds were once made near the Red Sea in Egypt.
These were already exploited by Egyptian Pharaohs between 3000 and 1500 B.C. being referred to as the 'Cleopatra's Mines', and had been exhausted by the time they were rediscovered in the early 19th century.
Emeralds are fascinating and exhubirating gemstones.
They are a veriety of the mineral Beryl, having the most intense and radiant green that can possibly be imagined - the Emerald Green.
In Emeralds inclusions are tolerated, in high quality fine emeralds can even be more valuable than diamonds.
The green of the Emerald is the colour of life and of springtime, which comes round again and again.
For centuries it has been the colour of beauty and of constant love.
In ancient Rome, green was the colour of Venus, the goddess of beauty and love.
Whilst its good hardness (7.5-8) protects the Emerald to a large extent from scratches, its brittleness and its many fissures can make cutting, setting and cleaning rather difficult, because of the high value of the raw crystals and its frequent inclusions.