You’re a unique woman, and when it comes to choosing an engagement ring, you want something that will stand out in the sea of white diamonds, like an emerald engagement ring. While diamond solitaires are still the most popular types of engagement rings, today many couples are opting instead for emeralds.
What are Emeralds?
Emeralds are a type of beryl. Pure beryl is clear, but when vanadium or chromium is in the mineral, the result is the green beryl known as emerald. Green and clear are not the only shades of beryl, however. For example, the stone we know as aquamarine is actually blue beryl.
Emerald is the primary birthstone for May, so it’s a bride born in May might want an emerald in her engagement ring. Likewise, a woman who loves the color green might feel an emerald is preferable to a diamond solitaire.
Types of Emerald Engagement Rings
Couples can opt for different types of emerald engagement rings, depending on how much they want to accentuate the emerald. The emerald can be the large main stone, the focal point of the ring. Alternatively, the main stone can be the traditional diamond solitaire while smaller emeralds and perhaps small diamonds are used as accent stones on either side of the diamond. Another option is for the emeralds to be on the wedding band, so when worn side-by-side with the diamond engagement ring it makes a stunning effect.
Emeralds are prone to inclusions and cracks in the surface, so most emeralds on the jewelry market have undergone treatments to minimize the appearance of these flaws. Emeralds are frequently treated with resin and oil to fill in the cracks, and these substances are sometimes tinted to enhance the green shade of the emerald. While these treatments are common practice, make sure you are aware of any flaws and treatments applied before purchasing the emerald engagement ring.
The Mohs scale is a tool to measure gemstone hardness. It rates gems from 1 to 10, with diamond being the hardest known gem at a 10. Emerald comes in on the high end of the scale at around 7.5 to 8. However, if the emerald has cracks, it may be more prone to damage.