Did You Know?
- Emerald were first mined in Egypt in 1500 BC and became highly prized in Egyptian culture. They are rumored to have been Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone.
- Colombia produces more than 50% of the world’s emerald supply. Emeralds are also found in Africa.
- Top quality emeralds are so rare that they can be worth more than diamonds. Emeralds are judged by their origin, their color and their clarity.
- Just because they’re old doesn’t mean they’re natural: Synthetic (lab created) emeralds were first made in 1935 and have flooded the market since.
Be careful when buying emerald jewelry and make sure you know if you are buying natural or synthetic stones. The price and value differ significantly. You can protect yourself by having a gemologist review any item prior to purchasing it.