Christine Alexander Fine Jewellery

Sale price £550.00 Regular price £689.00

Oval Emerald trilogy, each stone with a halo of diamonds. Claw set in 9ct White Gold. Emeralds are of excellent quality. This is an elegant design, with .76cts of Emeralds in total, and .12cts of Diamonds.

Available in sizes J-Q. For sizes outside this range, please contact me.

Also available in the same design with Sapphire, Ruby or Tanzanite. Matching stud earrings and a pendant is also available, for a full jewellery suite.

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 into the future. Emerald was revered as a holy gemstone by the Incas and Aztecs and was associated with Venus, goddess of love and beauty, by the Romans. Emeralds are associated with the astrological sign of Taurus. It is the birthstone for May and the anniversary gemstone for the 20th, 35th and 55th year of marriage.

All gemstones can be damaged through wear and tear. Make sure you check for loose stones or damaged claws periodically. Always take your jewellery off whenever you are doing activities that might cause damage. Remember that household cleaners and chlorine in swimming pools can damage many gems.

Different gemstones need different care – remember that many jewellery cleaning products can harm softer, porous or organic gems. If in doubt, a soft moist cloth is suitable for cleaning any gem.

The youngest Diamonds are believed to have been formed over 100 million years ago!  For the necessary conditions to occur naturally, it is believed that Diamonds were created some 90 to 120 miles beneath the Earth’s crust. The only other valuable gem on the planet to crystallise under these hostile conditions is Peridot. Although Africa is still a major supplier of Diamonds, today it holds less than 50% of the market share, and it cannot control the market as much as it once did.

Don’t forget that Diamonds can scratch any other gems or metalwork.

White gold is usually enhanced with Rhodium plating. To preserve this plating, avoid swimming in your jewellery as chlorine, in particular, can cause faster degradation. Chlorine is present in small amounts in tap water, so it is best to avoid getting your jewellery wet where possible.  It is a simple matter to have items re-plated.

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