I’m often asked what my favorite gemstone is, and while it’s a difficult choice, a stunning emerald
will win my attention every time. In addition to a history rich in lore and legend, the emerald is a
brilliant choice to usher in the spring season. Its color reflects new growth, which makes it the
perfect choice of a birthstone for the month of May.
It’s also the gemstone for twentieth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversaries. Clearly, the emerald is abundant in tradition and heritage. We continue to be inspired by this vivid gemstone to create distinctive jewelry such as this suite.
The most desirable emerald colors are bluish green to pure green, with vivid color saturation. Emerald’s lush
green has soothed souls and excited imaginations since antiquity. Its name comes from the ancient Greek word for
green, “smaragdus.” The color green is known to relieve stress and eye strain.
There are other green gems, like tourmaline and peridot, but emerald is the one that’s always associated with the
lushest landscapes and the richest greens. Ireland is the Emerald Isle. Seattle, is the Emerald City. Thailand’s
most sacred religious icon is called the Emerald Buddha, even though it’s carved from green jadeite.
There is much legend associated with emerald. Emerald was once believed to cure diseases like cholera and malaria.
Wearing an emerald was believed to reveal the truth or falseness of a lover’s oath as well as make one an eloquent
speaker. Legend also states that emerald was one of the four precious stones given by God to King Solomon.
Some quick facts about this extraordinary gift from nature:
The oldest emeralds ever found:
2.97 billion years old
The famous Pharaoh known for her passion for emeralds:
2011 sales price for Elizabeth Taylor’s emerald pendant – a record $280,000 per carat: