The Beauty of Emerald
Mined in Egypt as early as 3500 BC and by ancient Romans in the European Alps, emeralds are ancient gemstones admired by people for thousands of years. Incas and Aztecs offered them to their gods and preferred death over giving up their sources of the green crystal to the Spanish conquistadors. From this time forward, royalty in many different countries looked to South America for a supply of the beautiful green emeralds stones to adorn their jewellery and crowns.
Emeralds are a hard stone but are also brittle so care is needed.
Avoid heat, which can cause fracturing in included stones and evaporation of fillers and colours. Do not use detergents and ultrasonic and steam cleaners. Knocks and bumps can damage your emerald. Cleaners will remove oil coatings and also dyes if these have been used.