Emeralds

Emeralds
Emerald shown in its natural matrix. Source: WikiMedia
Emeralds have been enchanting human beings for thousands of years. They were sold in the markets of Babylon 4,000 BC. Aztecs named the emerald the stone of the sacred Quetzal. Aristotle wrote that the emerald held power to give one a strong presence during business speeches, and to provide victory in trial. He also linked the gem to improved vision.

Though considered by many people even more dramatic than diamonds, couples are reluctant to choose them for an engagement ring because of their reputation for being soft. Emeralds have a reputation for breaking, and many jewelers will not set emeralds simply because the stone can crack. Yet, emeralds do have a respectable MOH hardness ranging from 7.5 to 8. The issue is fissures more than hardness.

In fact, an emerald is perfectly suitable for an engagement ring. The ancients associated emeralds with the planet Venus, and was held to be a gauge for love, turning deeper and richer when love was strong, and waning with the fall of romance.

Our emeralds are sourced from small-scale mines in Zambia and Afghanistan. They range in color from watery-green to deep emerald green, and are cut at a facility in Israel.

Sourcing
The finest deep green emeralds have traditionally been sourced from Columbia. There, some of the emerald fields are so vast that they will continue to be mined for thousands of years. Yet some of the sources in Columbia have been linked to organized crime and cartels. Yet recently, emeralds of similar quality and color to Columbian emeralds have been found in Zambia, which is where we source our dark green emeralds directly from these small-scale miners.

In Zambian, fifteen members of a local tribe work a particular site that is ten hours off a paved road and can only be reached with a four wheel drive vehicle. The emerald mine enables the miners to pay for a wide range of services, from basic food and education, to AIDs pharmaceuticals. Another source of our emeralds is the Kama Safed Mine in Khenj Village, Afghanistan, within the Panjshar Valley. Our same supplier purchases these emeralds directly from small-scale miners. These emeralds are more a watery-green shade, lighter in color than the dark emerald green from Zambia. In both places, emeralds provide the best possible means to survive.

The emeralds are cut in a small cutting facility just outside of Tel Aviv, Israel.

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