Adelsten Vintage Emerald Earrings - Mineral Beryl of Chromium and Vanadium

—Emerald—is a bluish green, yellowish green or pure green variety of beryl. Beloved for millennia by the likes of Cleopatra, the Incans, the Spanish conquistadors, the Mogul shahs and Catherine the Great, emeralds have incredibly rich provenance. Emerald is the only big four gemstone (sapphire, ruby, diamond, emerald) where eye-visible inclusions are commonly accepted. Emerald’s inclusions are called “jardin” or “garden” in French.

Trapiche emeralds are named after great cogwheels used to grind sugar cane in Colombia, where the majority of gem-quality emeralds are found. Trapiche emeralds get their distinct spoke-like hexagonal pattern when graphite enters during crystal formation.

They represent wealth, wisdom, eloquence and rebirth and are said to soothe the eye. Emerald is a stone of great vision and intuition, enhancing memory and increasing clarity. It combines intelligence with discernment and brings to the conscious mind what is unconsciously known. Emerald also increases focus and provide energy healing to all levels of the being, bringing freshness and inspiration.