Lucky you May babies, your birthstone happens to be the most popular green gemstone in the world; Emerald. A gemstone from the beryl family ranging in various shades of green (sometimes with a hint of blue or hint of yellow) it’s hard to second guess why so many people fall in love with this majestic stone. However, when choosing Emerald there are a couple of points that are important to know if you want your precious green stones to last.
- Even though Emerald ranges from 7.5-8 on Moh’s scale, it is a stone which often has inclusions and fractures, making it more fragile than its place on the scale would suggest. This is an important fact to know when choosing Emerald for a jewelry piece. If you are considering using Emerald in a ring or a bracelet you should take into account that it will be exposed to a certain amount of “impacts”. You may want to opt for a pair of earrings or a pendant instead. If you wish to use it in a ring, make sure to consider the type of setting or how to safeguard your precious stone from being banged around too much.
Because of the above mentioned fractures, Emeralds are often treated with oils, waxes or resins to camouflage the inclusions and increase the clarity of the stone. Unlike other colored gemstones the oil treatment on Emeralds does not really affect its price. However, these treatments are sensitive to heat and so your Emerald stones should be cleaned with care and in an appropriate way.
- This means never putting your Emerald pieces into an ultrasonic cleaner or cleaning them with steam. The vibrations of the ultrasonic cleaner could lead to cracking the already fractured stone. Equally so, the use of steam could melt out the oils and resins or change the color of the treatments and in turn change the color of the stone. Instead, we recommend using luke warm soapy water and a soft bristled toothbrush. Make sure to rinse your stone in fresh water to remove any soap residue. You can also simply wipe your stone down with a soft cloth.
Now that you know how to properly care for your precious green Emeralds you will be sure to enjoy their full beauty for decades to come.
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