Emerald Gemstones

Emerald is part of the beryl species or family of gemstones. As everyone knows, the emerald is distinguished by its dramatic, vibrant green colour. Emeralds are truly precious stones and extremely valuable. Because of this, lab created emeralds have been developed and offer a cost effective alternative.

Emeralds available to buy on eBay

Lab Created Emeralds available to buy on eBay

Lab created emeralds were first developed in the nineteenth century as a cheaper alternative to the rare natural emerald. They are particularly popular with non-professional jewellery makers. If you see the words "Sim", "Synthetic", or "Lab" next to any gemstones, including emeralds, you should be aware these stones are man made. "Sim" is short for simulant or simulated. If you are ever in doubt, always check with the vendor and ask for verification.

About Emerald

The emerald is part of the beryl family or species of gemstones, and therefore related to stones such as the aquamarine, heliodor, pink beryl (morganite) and green beryl.

The emerald is one of the world's most precious stones, not only because of its beauty and striking green colour, but also because high quality, clear stones of a decent size are extremely rare. The vibrant green colour in an emerald comes from the chromium and vanadium in the stone. Flawless emeralds are rare, and so stones may be oiled to fill cracks.

Green Beryl

Coming from the same gemstone group, and also being the same colour, green beryl may well be confused with emerald. The most obvious difference is the depth and intensity of the colour. Green beryl is usually pale green or pale yellow green. Emeralds should have a stronger, deeper green, or bluish green. Columbian emeralds for example, famously have a slight blue tint to them. Brazilian emeralds have a slight yellow tone to them.

Typical Emerald Uses

Many emeralds are cut in the "step cut" style, to help minimise any loss of material. This style of faceting includes shapes such as the table, baguette, square and octagonal. Essentially the body of the stone takes the standard shape (for example a square) then parallel facets are cut to add depth to the stone. A particular step cut - the octagonal - is oftern known as the "emerald cut" . This shape is where corners are removed, also helps preserve the stone, which is quite brittle. Flawed stones may often be used for beads or even cameos. There are very few emeralds that are absolutely clear or clean. Many indeed have internal cracks or inconsistent colour distribution. But such flaws and inclusions needn't be unsightly, and with clever design, can add something of the "organic" to a self-made jewellery piece. Beads, necklaces and pendants might work particularly well for this. After all, we can't all afford the perfect emeralds used, for example, in the British Crown Jewels.

Emerald Jewellery

Emerald jewellery makes a wonderul gift, especially for those born in May, since the emerald is the birthstone for May.

Emerald Occurrences and Origins

Today emeralds are found in Australia, USA, Brazil, South Africa, India, Pakistan and Zimbabwe. In Europe, emeralds occur in Austria and Norway.

Emerald Gemstones