What is Emerald?
Emerald is a green variety of beryl that is colored by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium. It’s primarily found in Colombia, Brazil, and Zambia. Emerald has been used for centuries as a gemstone and is a popular choice for jewelry due to its vibrant green color and spiritual significance.
Emerald is a green gemstone that belongs to the beryl family. Its vibrant color and lustrous appearance make it a popular choice for jewelry and decorative items. The stone is often used in rings, necklaces, and pendants, and is sometimes used to make beads.
|Chemical Classification||Inorganic - Silicate (Beryl)|
|Color||Ranges from light green to a deep, rich green.|
|Transparency||Transparent to opaque, depending on the quality and inclusions.|
|Occurrence||Colombia, Zambia, and Brazil.|
|Formation||Typically found in metamorphic rocks, especially mica schist and shale.|
|Specific Gravity||Approximately 2.70 to 2.78.|
|Diagnostic Properties||Green color, a variety of beryl.|
|Pleochroism||Dichroic, typically green to bluish-green.|
|Crystal System||Hexagonal (variety of Beryl)|
|Optical Properties||Biaxial (-)|
|Refractive Index||1.577 - 1.583|
|2V angle||Measured: 58° to 63°|