Antique and Vintage Emerald Jewelry

Emeralds are the green variety of the mineral beryl, whose more-common blue counterparts are known as aquamarines. Frequently flawed and riddled with inclusions, emeralds are somewhat brittle gemstones, and they are not as hard as rubies and sapphires, let alone diamonds. For these reasons and others, finished emeralds are often given an emerald cut, which describes a step-cut of parallel facets that wrap around the crown (top) and pavilion...Continue Reading