Of the four precious gems known to man – diamond, rubies, sapphires and emeralds, the last is the softest, hence often worn with diamonds to balance strength. Nevertheless, the emerald is considered more valuable when compared carat for carat with diamonds.
This infamous variety of beryl which is a vibrant verdant in color, is an all season stone which can brighten your mood is the deadest of winters. Associated closely with prosperity, harmonious living and balance, May’s birthstone has become a frequent visitor of the red carpet.
Interestingly, along with its associations with royalty and glamour, emerald has recently been a favorite of bridal jewelry – especially engagement rings. Its fresh new look as compared to the diamond, as well as its timeless color that makes you feel like spring is right around the corner adds the most interesting twist to the otherwise stately stone.
Emerald engagement rings of mainly two types exist – one where the gem replaces the diamond as the central solitaire and another where the solitaire diamond is retained, but is encircled by a ring of round or trillion cut emeralds, giving a gorgeous combination of grey and green, each complementing the other.
Emerald center stone rings are often flanked by smaller diamonds on either side – either a three stone or a five stone setting. The refreshing new look of emeralds worn by a bride-to-be, instead of the diamond that the industry has so successfully marketed as the wedding stone is one that most of us cherish. Adorned by celebrities like Halle Berry with style and confidence, emerald engagement rings have become a new age fashion statement.
The side stone ring is one that was a part of fashion in the early 1900’s, particularly the style with a central round cut diamond surrounded by a halo of emeralds. An addition of a second precious gem to the wedding bands gives you even more design options and combinations, adding color to your choice in style and setting.
Like all other gems, emeralds also have a deeper meaning – in specific emerald engagement rings. They are closely bound to the belief of loyalty, adoration and true love – many even believing that its changing color can warn you when your spouse is unfaithful and faltering.
The root of the meaning of emerald is ‘the green of growing things’, symbolizing a love that not only will last forever, but will continue to grow and strengthen as time passes. This precious stone has its ancestries in ancient cultures dating back to 4000 BC.
Its extraordinary representation of all things lovely is supplement by it being the sacred stone of Goddess Venus, and a metaphor for the preservation of love and hope alike.
Christened as the official color of 2013, though emerald seems to be a new trend in the market and in the hearts of buyers, its charm dates back to the times of Kennedy, who proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier with a 2.84 carat emerald ring. From it being Cleopatra’s favorite gem all the way to it reaching Hollywood through Zoe Saldana and Olivia Wilde, the emerald has marked its territory.
Believe what you want, but which ever page of the book you turn to, all fingers point towards the emerald as a special stone to present to the one you love!