History of Emerald Gemstone
Emeralds are one of the oldest precious gemstones available on earth.
In ancient Rome, its green color symbolized the beauty and love of the goddess Venus. This could be the reason why Emerald gemstone is quite popular for people who celebrate their 20th, 35th or 55th wedding anniversary.
Because of its green color, it has a calming effect. It enhances growth, reflection, peace, and balance.
Emerald helps in speech difficulties, respiratory problems, allergies, and nervous disorders. It Has many healing properties like removing anxiety, curing leprosy, increasing vision.
Birthstone and Origin
It belongs to the mineral Beryl variety and usually comes in Green color. Emerald stones are considered as the birthstone for May month and aligned with the mercury planet.
In this blog, we are going to discuss two major varieties of emeralds – Zambian and Colombian emeralds their differences, similarities and which one to buy.
These regions are very rich in gemstones and hence are available in abundance. Zambian Emerald Gemstones accounts for 20 per cent of the world’s total emerald stone supply. These gemstones have become popular in the last decade owing to its good quality. They have great clarity, more than Colombian emeralds and has a bluish-green color because it has traces of iron in it.
The Zambian emerald price is lower than a Colombian emerald and it has greater affordability. However, they are in no way inferior in quality to a Colombian emerald and though Colombian variety has a world-wide demand, now Zambian emeralds have been giving it a good competition.
Colombian emeralds have a greater reputation than a Zambian emerald owing to its long history. Colombia also produces 70-80 % of the global emerald supply.
Colombian emerald gemstone is more expensive than Zambian stones. This is because of the reputation it enjoys owing to its well-known history and its internal properties like cut, colour, clarity.
Both gemstones have similar physical properties. They are both having the same degree of hardness, between 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale. However, because of inclusions and color distribution and other factors, they are still fragile despite its hardness.
Emerald gemstones are mostly being used with jewelry items, for example, necklace, ring, pendants and for this loose emerald gemstone is required. Moreover, loose emerald gemstones can be cut in different shapes and sizes without worrying about the quality of the stone.