Gemstone Information

Emerald is the green color variety of the Beryl family of minerals that includes Aquamarine (blue), Bixbite (red), Goshenite (colorless), Heliodor (yellow), Morganite (pink) and Pezzottaite (pink/red). Emerald gets its green color from traces of cromium added to the basic Beryl formula. Emerald is found in many locations around the world. Probably the best known is the Muzo Mine in Columbia. This mine produced a 16,020 carat crystal! Emeralds from this location are generally considered the best color for Emerald. Emerald was mined at Queen Cleopatra’s Ancient Egyptian emerald mine here