Emerald (Beryl)

Emeralds, like all coloured gemstones, area unit hierarchic victimization four basic parameters–the four cesium of connoisseurship: color, clarity, cut and carat weight. Before the twentieth century, jewelers used the term water, as in, “a gem of the best water” to precise the mix of 2 qualities: color and clarity. Normally, within the grading of coloured gemstones, color is far and away the foremost vital criterion. However, within the grading of emeralds, clarity is taken into account a detailed second. A fine emerald should possess not solely a pure abundant inexperienced hue as represented below, however additionally a high degree of transparency to be thought-about a prime gem. within the Nineteen Sixties, the yankee jewellery business modified the definition of emerald to incorporate the inexperienced vanadium-bearing mineral. As a result, atomic number 23 emeralds purchased as emeralds within u. s. aren’t recognized intrinsically within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Europe. In America, the excellence between ancient emeralds and also the new atomic number 23 kind is commonly mirrored within the use of terms resembling Colombian emerald.  Emerald gets its green color from traces of chromium added to the Beryl that is the fundamental formula. Emerald is situated in numerous areas around the world. Probably the best known may be the Muzo Mine in Columbia. This mine produced a 16,020-carat crystal! Emeralds from this location are generally considered the color that is best for Emerald. Emerald ended up being mined at Queen Cleopatra’s Ancient Egyptian emerald mine.

In gemology, color is split into 3 components: hue, saturation, and tone. Emeralds occur in hues starting from chromatic to blue-green, with the first hue essentially being inexperienced. Yellow and blue area unit the conventional secondary hues found in emeralds. solely gems that area unit medium to dark in tone area unit thought-about emeralds; light-toned gems area unit illustrious instead by the species name inexperienced mineral. the best emeralds area unit more or less seventy fifth tone on a scale wherever the third tone is colorless and one hundred is opaque black. additionally, a fine emerald is going to be saturated and have a hue that’s bright (vivid). grey is that the traditional saturation modifier or mask found in emeralds; a grayish-green hue could be a dull-green hue.

Emeralds tend to possess varied inclusions and surface breaking fissures. not like diamonds, wherever the jeweller’s loupe customary, i.e. 10× magnification, is employed to grade clarity, emeralds area unit hierarchic by eye. Thus, if AN emerald has no visible inclusions to the attention (assuming traditional visual acuity) it’s thought-about unflawed. Stones that lack surface breaking fissures area unit extraordinarily rare and so the majority emeralds area unit treated (“oiled”, see below) to boost the apparent clarity. Most emeralds area unit oiled as a part of the post-lapidary method, so as to fill in surface-reaching cracks so clarity and stability area unit improved. Cedar oil, having an analogous ratio, is commonly employed in this wide adopted follow. different liquids, together with artificial oils and polymers with refractive indexes about to that of emeralds, resembling Opticon, also are used. These treatments area unit generally applied in an exceedingly chamber beneath delicate heat, to open the pores of the stone and permit the fracture-filling agent to be absorbed a lot of effectively.


Category: Beryl variety
Formula: Be3Al2(SiO3)6
Beryllium Aluminum Metasilicate
Crystallography: Hexagonal – Dihexagonal Dipyramidal
Crystal Habit: Crystals prismatic to tabular, may be complexly terminated by pyramids, to 18 m and 180 tons. Also radial, trapiche, columnar; granular to compact.
Twinning: Rarely


Cleavage: [0001] Imperfect
Fracture: Conchoidal to Uneven
Tenacity: Brittle
Hardness (Mohs): 7.5 – 8.0
Density: 2.68 – 2.80 (g/cm3)
Luminescence: None
Radioactivity: Not Radioactive


Color: Bluish Green to Green, “Emerald Green”
Transparency: Transparent to Translucent
Luster: Vitreous, Resinous
Refractive Index: 1.572 – 1.600  Uniaxial ( – )
Birefringence: 0.005 – 0.010 (varies by locality)
Dispersion: 0.014 (low)
Pleochroism: Weak to Distinct