Vaughan's Jewelers
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2801-3E Ward Blvd
Wilson, NC 27893
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May Birthstone – Emerald

Wilson_Emerald_JewelryThe name “emerald” came from the Greek word Smaragdos meaning “green stone.” In ancient times, it referred to almost any green colored gemstone. As the birthstone for May, the emerald is the most valued and treasured variety of the gemstone group known as beryl, which also consists of aquamarine and other variations of beryl.

Most of the world’s Emeralds are mined in Columbia, Brazil and Zambia. The green color of emerald is unique in the world of gemstones and, for this reason, the color is typically referred to as “emerald green”. The green color in emerald is caused by the presence of chromium in the chemical makeup of this specific form of beryl.

Under magnification, the internal characteristics of an emerald, which include liquid bubbles, gas bubbles, internal stress fractures, and foreign crystals, form a virtual garden inside the gemstone. Nearly all natural Emeralds contain some of these internal inclusions, generally referred to as “jarden”, which is French for garden.

Finding perfection in emeralds is the most rare of nature’s treasures. Emerald represents rebirth and youth.

Enhancements – When mined from the earth, virtually all Emeralds have internal inclusions, or “birthmarks”, some of which differentiate them as natural gemstones.

In centuries past, merchants would purify the color of Emeralds by immersing them in oils or paraffin, which would fill the fissures that were open at the surface and render them nearly invisible to the naked eye. Along with the use of oils and resins, there are numerous other sophisticated methods being employed now to enhance the clarity of Emeralds.