A Guide to Emerald Engagement Rings: Timeless Beauty with a Touch of Green

For centuries, emeralds have captivated hearts with their vibrant green hue. But did you know this captivating gem could be the perfect choice for your engagement ring? If you're considering an emerald engagement ring, this guide is for you!

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What are emeralds made of?

Emeralds are a variety of the mineral beryl, coloured a mesmerising green by trace amounts of chromium, vanadium, or iron. These inclusions also give emeralds their characteristic inclusions, often referred to as "jardin" (French for garden). Unlike diamonds, which are prized for their flawless clarity, inclusions in emeralds are considered part of their unique charm. However the inclusions in Emeralds do compromise their hardness and wearability. If this is a concern, lab grown emeralds might be the way to go; with far less inclusions they are a lot more durable.  

Where are the best emeralds found?

Colombia has long been considered the source of the world's finest emeralds, known for their intense colour and clarity. However, stunning emeralds are also mined in Zambia, Ethiopia, Russia, and Brazil, each offering their own subtle variations in colour and characteristics.

Chatham lab grown emeralds are grown in America and are grown for the seed of the most converted Colombian emeralds. 

Lab grown emeralds: A sustainable choice

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Lab-grown emeralds have emerged as a compelling alternative to mined emeralds. Using advanced technology, scientists can replicate the exact growth conditions emeralds experience underground, resulting in gemstones with the same chemical and physical properties as their natural counterparts. Lab-grown emeralds offer several benefits: they are typically more affordable, have a smaller environmental footprint compared to mined emeralds, and often boast superior clarity due to the controlled growth environment.

What is the difference between lab grown emeralds and mined emeralds?

The key difference between lab-grown and mined emeralds lies in their origin. Mined emeralds are extracted from the earth, a process that can have environmental and social impacts. Lab-grown emeralds, on the other hand, are created in controlled settings using minimal environmental resources. This means that lab grown emeralds boast a superior colour quality and clarity than their mined counterparts. Both mined and lab-grown emeralds can be stunning gemstones. Ultimately, the choice between them comes down to personal preference and budget.

What does an emerald engagement ring mean?

Emerald rings have symbolised love and prosperity for centuries. Egyptians associated emeralds with the goddess Isis, representing rebirth and renewal. In Roman and Greek cultures, emeralds were believed to bring harmony and foresight.  An emerald engagement ring can represent not only love but also new beginnings and a bright future together. 

Emerald is also the May birthstone and the gemstone for those with the zodiac sign’s Taurus, Gemini and Cancer. 

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How much is an emerald per carat?

The price of an emerald engagement ring depends on several factors, including carat weight, colour, clarity, cut, and origin. Emeralds are generally more expensive than diamonds of similar carat weight due to their rarity and the higher likelihood of inclusions. However, lab-grown emeralds offer a more affordable alternative with excellent quality.

Can emeralds be worn everyday?

While emeralds rank 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness (diamonds are a 10), they are more prone to chipping or scratching than diamonds. For everyday wear, consider a protective setting like a bezel setting. With proper care, including regular cleaning and avoiding harsh chemicals, an emerald engagement ring can be a cherished symbol of your love for years to come. Opting for a lab grown emerald is also a fantastic way to ensure the durability of your ring as they are less included and are not prone to chipping like their mined counterparts. 

Ready to embrace the enchantment of emerald?

Emerald engagement rings offer a unique and captivating alternative to traditional diamonds. With their rich history, symbolic meaning, and stunning green beauty, emeralds can be a perfect way to express your everlasting love. Remember, do your research, and prioritise a gemstone that matches your needs and lifestyle.