To own an Emerald is to own a piece of history, a piece of nature and a work of art. With its array of inclusions and clouds, the gem is not famed for its crystal clarity, but is steeped in so much history that we automatically ignore the gem’s imperfections when we study a piece and accept that these impurities are simply “the fingerprints of Mother Nature”. Its price is often greater than Diamonds of a similar carat weight. Some Emeralds have an almost velvety appearance, and are one of only a few gems where inclusions are not only tolerated, but considered to be part of the gem’s character. Its name is derived from the Greek word “smaragdos”, a label given to a number of gems with the colour green in common. As with Peridot and Alexandrite, Emerald is only available in one colour: green. Mined over 4000 years ago in Egypt, during the reign of Pharaoh Sesostris III, this precious stone has been held in high regard since antiquity. Emerald is believed to bring wisdom, true friendship and foresight in to the future. It is the birthstone for May and the anniversary gemstone for the 20th, 35th and 55th year of marriage.