Emeralds, the birthstone of May, encapsulate the month’s message of hope, rebirth and renewal. Their lush, verdant shade fittingly allude to green shoots as spring ushers in a spirit of growth and expectation.
Favoured by royalty and celebrities alike, emeralds exude an air of opulence, value and luxury.
Origin often dictates the degree of colour saturation.
Colombian emeralds are highly prized for their bright and rich green colour. Emeralds from Brazil are known for their fine colour and good transparency, while those from Zambia are sought after for their deep green hue with slightly bluish overtones. Gemfields has been mining emeralds at its Kagem mine in Zambia since acquiring the mine in 2008 in partnership with the Zambian government. Believed to be over 500 million years old, Zambian emeralds are more robust than others due to their high iron content.
But no matter its provenance, each green gem comes with its own character and appeal.
Gem expert Joanna Hardy, author of the book Emerald, cites transparency on origins and treatments, evenness of colour, good saturation, and cut as among the qualities worth noting when shopping for the green gem. Inclusions are part of its charm too, imbuing the coloured stone with an allure all its own.