Emerald

Emerald is a kind of beryl stone and is uncommonly not celebrated for its clarity but for its vitreous lustre perceived as cloudy or waxy in appearance. Unlike other gemstones and with every emerald being so unique, a vibrant emerald rich in color may be far more sought after than a lackluster stone with fewer inclusions. The dedicated 'emerald cut' was specialized with the intention of bringing out the best in emerald stones and is now used on all kinds of gemstones from diamonds to sapphires. This cut showcases the gemstone's table, with a flat rectangular shape and facets along the crown. Emeralds are only ever green in color. Symbolic of new life and hope, the name originates from ‘smaragdus’ the Greek saying for green but is also a term synonymous with rich and lush landscapes. Famous fans of classic emeralds include Cleopatra and Queen Elizabeth II. Emerald is the birthstone for May and is used to celebrate 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries