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emerald infographic: “The emerald, a favorite stone of Cleopatra, has been captivating cultures around the world for over 6 thousand years. Nero would watch gladiator games thru flat emerald crystals. The stone was highly prized by the Incas and Aztecs. In the 16th century, Spanish conquistadors looted emeralds from the mines in South America. Colombian emeralds were/are the best anyone has ever seen. Carat for carat, a fine emerald may be 2 to 3 times as valuable as a diamond.”
Fine natural emerald crystal from the Muzo-La Pita mining area. Jeff Scovil. Courtesy: Gonzalo Jara. Experts describe emerald’s brilliance as “satiny,” like the luster of a satin ribbon. Emerald has a softness which contrasts with the “crisp” brilliance of tsavorite garnet, its only rival for the title of “greatest of the green.”
Reflecting the color of spring, emerald is the birthstone for May. It is also a traditional gift for those celebrating 20th or 35th anniversaries.