Emeralds: emblematic green gemstones
The glorious glistening green of emerald is one of nature’s most magnificent creations. They date back all the way to the Renaissance age of philosophy. Aristotle, for one, remarked that they held extraordinary significance. He believed in their ability to enhance feelings and emotions of peacefulness and calmness; besides promoting prosperity and strength.
Above, in the cover picture, is a special bespoke ring we made, featuring a 6.20cts Muzo Colombian emerald, flanked by fancy-cut diamonds. Muzo is the region where these very intense green emeralds originate from, their saturation of colour and lively crystals are very rare and highly sought after.
There are, in fact, an astonishing number of legends and stories surrounding this majestic crystal. One of them states that Cleopatra would gift important visitors with a tiny sculpture of her face carved into an Emerald.
Once the preferred gemstone of Indian royalty, they have adorned the crowns of kings and queens in the past and been used as powerful talismans by fabled historical figures such as Alexander the Great. To this date, they remain a symbol of elegance and are often spotted on red carpets. Who could forget the 115-carat Lorraine Schwartz earrings worn by Angelina Jolie to the Academy Awards in 2009?
Whether adorned with diamonds, hugged by contrasting metals or suspended by a shiny counterpart. Allow your creativity to run free! The possibilities are endless: play around with a rainbow of coloured gemstones, with different shapes and proportions to show off your personality! After all, your individuality deserves being celebrated.
Onto some facts about the composition of Emeralds
Emeralds are a variety of a mineral species named beryl. There are other green beryls as well, so to be classified as an emerald the gemstone must display a specific intensity of green tone and saturation.
Emeralds rank between 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness; which is considered good toughness, only slightly lower than sapphires. If properly cared for, a quality emerald will last for generations.
There is a very exact sort of balance we seek to achieve in every Calla Lily creation that comes out of our studio. Some gems pairings are nothing short of sublime: when two or more stones are placed together and impose no competition whatsoever, but rather harmonically bring out the best of the other. That is a very important indication of a successful piece!
For example, you may observe the sheer dazzling magic unfold right before your eyes, when a regal emerald is perfectly complemented by adjacent shiny diamonds. It is almost as if the sparkle on both is completely amplified right?
And a very similar outcome emerges from the marry up of emeralds with delicate yellow sapphires. Pure poetical bliss!
Variations of emerald’s lush greens evoke feelings of regeneration and new growth. From vivid, deep shades to softer hues, their colours signal composure and sophistication.
Emerald are symbols of rebirth, and traditionally an iconic choice to celebrate a 20th-anniversary.
Emeralds are also referred to as the stone of “inspiration and eternal patience”: a perfect selection to encourage the right qualities for a relationship between partners. We can absolutely see why so many couples are drawn to emeralds when creating their custom made engagement rings with us.