10 Emerald Fun Facts
1. There are four gemstones that are globally recognizes as being "precious". Emeralds are one of them. The others are Diamonds, Sapphires, and Rubies. (Fun Fact within a Fun Fact... Rubies are red Sapphires!)
2. So far, in the United States, Emeralds have been found in Montana, Connecticut, Nevada, North Carolina, and South Carolina. We're not so far from NC... maybe we will discover Virginia Emeralds one day!
3. Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May as it reflects the color of spring... Green! Emeralds are also the traditional gift for couples celebrating their 20th or 35th wedding anniversaries.
4. One of the largest Emeralds discovered is called the "Mogul Emerald". It weighs in at 217.80 carats and measures about 10cm high.
5. Emeralds, Aquamarine and Morganite gemstones are from the same family: Beryl.
6. It's all about weight, not size. A 1 carat Emerald appears larger than a 1 carat Diamond because Emeralds have a lower density.
7. The best quality Emeralds are often worth more than Diamonds because Emeralds without imperfections are very, very rare.
8. It is said that Cleopatra's favorite gemstone was Emerald. In fact, the first Emeralds ever discovered were in Egypt around 1500 BC.
9. Ancient folklore says that placing an Emerald under your tongue will help you see into the future. We were skeptical but Fred gave it a try and said he saw visions of beach sittin', boat ridin', and pool floatin' in his future!
10. Elizabeth Taylor had quite an impressive collection of jewelry. (See our Diamond blog.) She owned an Emerald necklace that sold for a whopping $6.5 million in 2011. If you break it down, it equals out to about $280,000 paid per carat. Whoa.