Emeralds, the birthstone jewels, come in different shapes and sizes, with different color intensities. They are becoming more and more popular as an engagement stone since they are affordable compared to diamonds. When choosing emerald jewelry, you have to keep in mind several aspects of the stone you’re purchasing.
When investing in jewelry with stones, authenticity is an important aspect of the process. Telling a synthetic emerald from a natural one is a taught job since the synthetic one is also cultured the same way the natural one develops. Their chemical composition is the same and there are really few signs that tell them apart, like a slight difference in color and almost indiscernible flaws. Real emerald may be cloudier than synthetic ones, but that’s not always the case. Because the prices of natural and synthetic emeralds are not far apart, some people might buy synthetic ones for its clarity, or a natural one for its vivid color.
There is a large variety of jewels available online, from rings to earrings, and it’s important to know a few things before you hit that checkout button. Discussing with the seller about the stone’s clarity, size, color or shape are some of the primary aspects that need to be taken care of. The emerald’s cutting shape is somewhat standard and it features a rectangular cut, although there are many other cuts, like one of emerald drop earrings that has the stone cut in the form of a teardrop.
Shapes and sizes
Emerald rings, in general, are sized somewhere between 0.5 and 1.5 carats, although other jewelry may have their stone size to up to 30 carats. It’s important to keep in mind that carat size does not give you the visible size and to imagine the size of an emerald ring stone compared to your finger.
The emerald is often cut in the “Emerald” rectangular style. This cut is very popular for other types of rings too, especially for the emerald cut diamond rings that are given as an engagement present. Other cuts include the oval one that is usually used when dealing with large stones in jewelry, like pendants, but also the square cut that is less common than the others.
How to maintain
Cracks or inclusions in the gem are something that every emerald has, but while this may make the jewel look better, it can subdue it to breakage. When purchasing an emerald ring, the settings in which the stone is in embedded will protect it from day to day wear and tear, but you still have to be careful when putting on clothes or doing housework with the ring on your hand. When wearing your emerald for long periods of time, the standard maintenance you’ll have to do is to apply a treatment with cedar oil, to keep it looking like new.
The emerald is the astrological stone of the sign Taurus, a birthstone for those that came to the world in May. They are really fine looking stones that suit any piece of jewelry and will offer a sophisticated look to whoever is wearing such a stone.