Emerald

buyers guide

History

Emeralds are recorded as far back as three thousand years ago in Egypt at the site now known as Cleopatra’s mines and were one of the first gems which people tried to obtain.

At the end of the 13th century, Marco Polo returned from China with Emeralds.

Emeralds are mentioned both in Exodus and in Revelations.

Engraved Emeralds were used by the Ancient Egyptians as ring stones.

In the Seventeenth Century Emeralds were considered amongst the forefront of precious stones and this continued during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries when they were used in necklaces together with diamonds.

In the nineteenth century, Napoleon decreed green to be the ‘imperial colour’ This resulted in soaring demand for emeralds in France and between 1872 and 1935, Emeralds were more expensive per cart than any other gemstone.