The Luscious Green Emerald

Mounted in Queen Victorias Emerald suite, the sparkling Emerald known as Panna in Hindi, is the vibrant bluish green gem that leaves you speechless. A universal symbol of love, these envious greens are the birthstone for the sunny month of May and make great gifts for jewellery lovers. Used more popularly after the second world war in jewellery and objects, Old Mine Emeralds have become extremely rare these days, and are only seen across borders in Royal collections. Today, with colored gemstones taking center stage, Emeralds are becoming popular in Engagement Rings and anniversary jewlery.
Queen Victoria’s Emerald Suite
With more than just rich colour that meets the eye, the effortless Emerald tells an interesting story.

Part of the Beryl family, Emeralds get their iconic bluish-green colour from the elements Chromium, Vanadium and Iron. Often judged by its internal characteristics, a natural Emerald is home to some of the most picture perfect internal features. From 2-3 phase inclusions, growth tubes and crystal inclusions the series of internal features are popularly called “Jardin” in French.

Emeralds Are Mined In:

  1. Columbian Emeralds 
    Known for the some of the world’s finest emeralds, Columbian Emeralds have the perfect colour. Formed in calcite veins in black shales, these gems often have Calcite Crystals and Pyrite crystals within.
  2. Afghanistan Emeralds
    Rich in colour and saturation, Afghanistan Emeralds are smaller in size with more than 4-5 Phase inclusions
  3. Zambia Emeralds
    With a slightly more yellowish body colour, gems often contain brownish inclusions of Mica and geometric 2-3 phase inclusions.
Zambian Emerald

Did You Know

When cutting an Emerald, cutters aim to achieve high clarity and strong colours. They often cut the table of the stone perpendicular to the length of the stone, achieving a more desirable bluish green.

Emeralds in the Nizam Jewelry

Treatments To Be Aware Of:

One of the most common treatments to improve and reduce the visibility of natural fractures is Oiling.  An industry-accepted treatment, it is always a good idea to check and certify your gemstone for any treatments. Although not permanent, these treatments can bleed out or dry up when exposed to heat and other adverse conditions making fractures look worse than they naturally are.

Emerald Care:

Caring for your Emerald goes hand in hand with the purchase of the gem. Maintaining the eternal beauty of these gems is often in the hands of the owner and wearer. Regular checks at your jeweller paired with easy, at home cleaning will surely allow your gemstone to sparkle at its best.

Use warm soapy water, without any harsh chemicals with an old soft bristled toothbrush to remove grime and dirt from your emerald studded jewellery. The bristles get in the hard to reach places, leaving your stone unharmed.