Thousands of years ago, the earliest emerald were discovered in Egyptian mines dating back to 2000 B.C. Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt had a wealth of emeralds and other jewels, but it is said that she loved her emerald jewelry the best. The precious gem is associated with the goddess Venus. Even today, Hollywood trendsetters adorn themselves with this magnificent stone: Angelina Jolie wore a pair of emerald earrings to the 2008 Academy Awards ceremony to symbolize her hope for world peace.
Emerald Gemstones: The Jewels of the Nile
A gift of emerald is thought to be symbolic of love and the desire for a loved one's safe travel and speedy homecoming. Far from being only a winter gem, the emerald, with its brilliance and multitude of colors, is truly one for any season.
When you peruse our collection of emerald jewelry on the Ross-Simons web site, you will be treated to a design voyage that will take you to all four corners of the globe. From Siberia to Columbia, Australia to Zambia, emeralds are harvested and set into the beautiful earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. We are always pleased to present our collection of contemporary and vintage designs.
Emerald is the birthstone of May, and from the beryl mineral family, the emerald has been a prized possession of royalty since ancient times and a good quality emerald can be as or even more expensive than a fine diamond of the same carat. Emeralds are considered the traditional gift for the 55th wedding anniversary. More about colored gemstones.
Ross-Simons' Emerald Jewelry
The legendary magnificence of the emerald throughout time has led to it being one of the most popular gemstones in jewelry design. At Ross-Simons we offer an incredible selection of emerald jewelry, including rings, bracelets, necklaces, emerald earrings and brooches. Set in silver or gold, emerald jewelry is a mesmerizing and captivating addition to your collection.
Rough-cut emeralds are set in some of our more popular and affordable emerald jewelry, and while these pieces do not have the translucency of the rarest emeralds, they do evince a captivating green and depth of tone. Look for these stones in our more affordable emerald rings, bracelets, and emerald necklaces. Note, too, that as the carat weight, uniformity of color and translucency increases, the rarity and price of emeralds increases dramatically. The Ross-Simons gallery of emerald rings will present some wonderful examples of fine emerald gemstones.
Deposits can be found in Siberia, Afghanistan, other parts of Africa, Pakistan, Brazil, and Madagascar along with secondary sites around the world — including the Carolinas in the United States. The Columbian Emerald is perhaps the most prized for its incredible vivid greens and transparency.
Emerald Jewelry Care & Handling
Emeralds are a relatively hard stone, 7.5 on the Mohs, and are often coated with oil to enhance the clarity. Care should be exercised when both wearing and cleaning emerald jewelry. The high internal inclusions found in most emeralds make them very susceptible to sharp blows and sudden temperature changes. The safest and best way to clean a piece of jewelry containing emeralds is with lukewarm water, a very mild soap and a soft cloth. Be sure to rinse and dry your jewelry thoroughly after cleaning.