Dahl Jewelers, Woodbridge, VA
There is no question that emerald is the king of the beryl family of gems. With its brilliant green color showing that hint of blue found in only the best of emeralds, it is truly a rare and precious treasure.
Stories about emeralds are legion and there are few countries or time periods that could not produce treasure tales about emeralds that are worthy of a Hollywood production.
One of the legends about emeralds is that they glow in the dark. Pliny
the Elder related such a story. In front of the tomb of King Hermias in
Tyre stood a large carved lion with emerald eyes. The light flashing from
the eyes was so bright that it frightened away the tuna "to the great loss
of the fishermen."
When the Spanish invaded Peru, one of the treasures they heard about was an emerald nearly
"as large as an ostrich egg" in one of the temples in Manta. This stone was known as the
"emerald goddess" and the Incas brought smaller emeralds as offerings in the belief that they were the daughters of the goddess. By the time that the Spaniards reached Manta, the giant emerald had been hidden. Though the invaders found plenty of emeralds, no sign of the
"emerald goddess" has been found to this day. No word of the hiding place has ever been mentioned and, presumably, the huge emerald still awaits rediscovery.
So, remember, when you are wearing an emerald, you're not only wearing a gem, you are also wearing history, sometimes strange, sometimes turbulent, but always beautiful.
Description of Emerald Qualities That We Sell
High quality: Deep green, very well cut with slight inclusions to the naked eye. Clean and transparent with very high luster.
Medium quality: Medium deep to medium light green, well cut. The darker the green tone, the less likely the transparency and lower the luster of the emerald.
Low quality: Light to dark green. Mostly a translucent to slightly opaque emerald. The darker the green tone the more likely the stone will be included and very cloudy.
Very low quality: Light to dark green but very poorly cut with little to no life and luster and heavily included. The darker the stone the more opaque it is.
Please check here for a note about colored gemstone qualities.
Emerald is a gemstone variety of beryl.
Hardness: 7.5 to 8
Specific Gravity: 2.72 (+/- .05)
Ref. Index: 1.57 to 1.58
Double Refraction: 0.006
Main Sources: Africa, Brazil and Columbia
Treatment: Oiling to fill in fractures.
Reaction to Heat: Poor, may draw out oil.
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