EMERALDStone of Successful Love
Cleavage: Poor, basal
Hardness: 7.5 - 8.0
Sp.G.: 2.62 - 2.91
Colour: Colourless, Various Shades of Green
The Beryl group of minerals is a powerful stone group with
Beryl crystals have been known to grow to 18 metres in length.
color, clarity, cut and carat weight.
Normally, in the grading of coloured gemstones, color is by far the most important criterion. However, in the grading of emeralds, clarity is considered a close second.
A fine emerald must possess not only a pure verdant green hue as described below, but also a high degree of transparency
Emeralds in antiquity were mined in Egypt at locations on Mount Smaragdus since 1500 BCE, and India, and Austria since at least the 14th century CE. The Egyptian mines were exploited on an industrial scale by the Roman and Byzantine Empires, and later by Islamic conquerors. Mining ceased with the discovery of the
Colombia is by far the world's largest producer of emeralds, constituting 50–95% of the world production, with the number depending on the year, source and grade. Emerald production in Colombia has increased drastically in the last decade, increasing by 78% from 2000 to 2010. The three main emerald mining areas in Colombia are Muzo, Coscuez, and Chivor.
Zambia is the world's second biggest producer, with its Kafubu River area deposits (Kagem Mines) about 45 km (28 mi) southwest of Kitwe responsible for 20% of the world's production of gem-quality stones in 2004. In the first half of 2011, the Kagem Mines
Stone of Successful Love
Zodiac: Taurus, Cancer
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