Frequently Asked Questions about Emeralds

Frequently Asked Questions (1) What is an emerald?
Emerald is one of the most precious gemstones which belong to the variety of beryl. There are other gemstones that are also from the variety of beryl, however, the main difference of these gems and the emerald is its green colour which comes from traces of chromium found in the stone.
Are emeralds always green coloured?
This gemstone must have a certain intensity and diffusion of green colour for it to be determined as a genuine emerald stone. An emerald that does not have the correct hue, saturation and intensity will be regarded as just a green-beryl mineral and not emerald.
How do you determine the value of an emerald?
There are several factors on which the value of an emerald is determined. The intensity and saturation of colour, the degree of brilliance and the cut are some factors that need to be considered.
What are the properties of an emerald?
Emerald is a gemstone that is a variety of beryl. It should have a certain intensity of green colour and has an 8 Mohs scale of hardness. It should have low refractive index and hexagonal crystals.
What's the best way to take care of emerald jewelleries?
Despite the hardness of emeralds, they are also durable stones so it is best take off your emerald jewellery prior to any heavy activity like dish washing or working with steel and tools. Clean your emerald jewelleries periodically with soft cloth, do not use warm water or detergent soaps. Lastly, do not put your emeralds near high heat.
Do emeralds really have healing properties?
There are some folklores and beliefs in some cultures that emeralds can help in healing stomach pains, eye disorders, poison or venomous bites. It is also said to cure epilepsy, leprosy wounds, induces sleep and fertility. There are those who also believe that emeralds can give hindsight, foresight and insight. However, there are no scientific proofs or explanations to back up these beliefs.

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