The emerald – a gem of alluring deep green hue, held in high esteem in the world of gemmology – is often linked to the three most popular gems (diamonds, ruby, sapphire) in the world.
According to modern history, the emerald has been cherished since 4,000BC when it was first traded in Babylon, closely associated with royalty and reigning rulers.
Egyptian queen Cleopatra was a lover of emeralds and an avid collector. It is believed that she laid claim to an emerald mine as her own, adding these gorgeous gems to her extensive jewellery collection.
Emeralds rarely come in big sizes, the majority of which contain inclusions that occur naturally during formation. Similar in mineral family to the aquamarine with its high clarity, this unusual trait of the emerald comes as a surprise to many, due to its formation under extremely harsh environments.
The Emerald Cut is the most common cutting style used on emeralds, with its square look and facets precisely cut from the top-facing facet. This method minimizes wastage, while enhancing the dazzling green hue of the emerald.
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