Ancient history records Emerald mines near the Red Sea! Called the pharaohs mines, it’s where workers would gather this gem form 3000-1500 B.C. Historical records also talk of the royal class in India being in favor of this precious gem. It is often said the Emerald is thought to bring good luck and good health. Traditionally the stone represents new life and springtime. Emeralds are a part of the Beryl family and has a hardness of 7.5-8! Rated “fair” for everyday wear it is suggested to keep the stone out of contact of harsh chemicals and heat exposer.

“Gem experts differ on the degree of green that makes one stone an emerald and another stone a less-expensive green beryl. Most gemologists, gemological laboratories, and colored stone dealers call a stone green beryl when its color is “too light” for it to be classified as emerald. Even among that group, however, there’s a difference of opinion about what’s considered “too light.”

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