The first known Emerald mines were in Egypt, not far from the Red Sea. This mine was claimed by Cleopatra as her own, taking it from the Greeks. Cleopatra was born in 69 BC. Her Emerald mine dated back to 1500 BC and continued producing into the 1700's.
Cleopatra and the ancient Egyptians trusted that Emeralds could be utilized to treat eye illnesses and that the green color spoke to fruitfulness and resurrection. The dead were frequently adorned with Emeralds to represent eternal youth. Cleopatra was well known to have a passion for Emeralds, and she used them a great deal in her royal fashion.
Emeralds were first found in the Yukon Territory in North America as late as 1997. Huge Emerald deposits keep evading United States and Canada to this day. Emerald is an individual from the Beryl family like Aquamarines, with Chromium and Vanadium loaning the green shade to this stone.
Transparent Emeralds without any cracks or inclusions are incredibly uncommon, making them sometimes more expensive than a near flawless Diamond. Likewise, a one carat Emerald looks larger than a one carat Diamond. Emeralds have a lower density.
Jewelers call the natural inclusions in Emeralds "jardin". The French word for garden. Inclusions in Emeralds are frequently filled with an oil to render them invisible. Do not place any Emerald jewelry into any ultrasonic cleaners. The cleaning solution will wash away the oil and the natural imperfections will be visible again.
Clean your Emerald jewelry by just using mild dishwashing soap and water. Use a soft toothbrush to get into any nooks and crannies around the setting you may have. Rinse in clean water and dry. When cleaning, it is always a good time to inspect for any damage from wearing. If a problem is spotted, bring it to Golden Anvil Jewelers for a quick repair.
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