Thousands of people travel to New York City, dress up in their favorite green Irish attire, and drink beer with green food dye to celebrate St. Patrick.

Who was he? Did he like green? Was he a beer lover? Did he wear an emerald pinky ring?
Unfortunately, we can’t tell you much about St. Patrick’s Day that you can’t read on Wikipedia, but we can educate you about emeralds.

Emeralds are an exotic and rare gemstone that can be even more valuable than diamonds. Emeralds have been sought after in many ancient cultures, from ancient Incas and Aztecs worshiping the stone to ancient Egypt where people looked for emeralds in Cleopatra’s Mines near the Red Sea. Today, emeralds are considered May’s birthstone and is the traditional gift of 20th, 35th, and 55th wedding anniversaries.

Emeralds are fairly fragile and are rated “fair to good” for everyday wear with the proper care and maintenance. It is a 7.5 – 8 on the Mose hardness scale, with a diamond being a 10. A good quality emerald should be medium dark to dark in color. Additionally, a quality emerald is slightly to very slightly included with high brilliance, good cut, and good polish. Emeralds should avoid exposure to heat and any chemicals, emeralds should be cleaned with a soft toothbrush and mild dish soap for longevity.

Most of the world’s emeralds come from one of eight countries; Brazil, Columbia, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Russia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Colombian emeralds are known for their vibrant color and generally large size. Specimens of up to an astonishing 1,796 carats have been found in the Bank of Bogota mine.

We have a wide selection of loose and pre-set emerald jewelry in both our Basking Ridge & Summit store locations. Please visit us in store to see our collection of emerald jewelry.