If you were born in the month of May, like me, then the Emerald is your birthstone.
Gem quality emeralds are incredibly rare, and therefore very expensive. The vast majority of emeralds found contain a lot of natural inclusions, and therefore buying them can be a complicated process as a huge variety of quality levels varying in colour and clarity are available.
However they do have the most wonderful green colour, and even with imperfections are incredibly beautiful.
Emeralds were first mined in Egypt, and have been a symbol of wealth and prosperity since the time of Cleopatra. Emeralds have also been thought to strengthen the heart, liver and kidneys, as well as quieten the mind.
Last year I made this skinny baguette ring with a wonderful high quality emerald for a special order. The colour really is extraordinary the pictures don't really show the vibrancy when the light hits it.
I can produce most of my standard designs with an emerald via special order, and would love to hear from you if you would like to discuss a specific piece.