Since emerald by definition is green in color, May babies have no color choice in their birthstone.
However, emeralds are available in a wide variety of prices, from cheap to shockingly expensive. As with all gems, price depends on size and quality.
Emeralds were mined in Egypt more than four thousand years ago, and were a favorite of Cleopatra.
For centuries, almost all transparent green gems were called emerald. So many ancient emeralds were actually green tourmaline, peridot, or other green gems.
Columbia is generally recognized as the home of the best quality large emeralds, although Pakistan and Zambia produce many top quality gem emeralds.
Other countries that produce significant quantities of emerald include:
Columbia's emerald mines were taken over by the Spanish when they conquered much of South America in the sixteenth century. Emeralds, along with gold and other treasurers were shipped back to Spain during the colonial period. Have you heard of the Atocha emeralds?
Today, mining emeralds in Columbia is a dangerous business because of the cocaine drug lords in the area, but the miners seem to be able to keep these beautiful gems coming to market.
Emerald, the May birthstone is recognized worldwide as a beautiful and desirable gem with rich traditions and history.
Follow this link to learn more about Birthstones, Modern and Traditional.
A Google search for the keyword phrase emerald jewelry returns a number of listings and ads for vendors specializing in production run jewelry pieces.
Gem Industry News...
Emerald Magnate Attacked
Unknown assailants shot the emerald kingpin Yesid Nieto in late February.
Nieto survived the
attack at his Bogota apartment, and he is said to be making good progress
Nieto has also been
credited with ushering in a new era of openness in the notoriously secretive
emerald business, and for restoring confidence in Colombian emeralds among global
Nieto had recently
offered to help Colombian government authorities eradicate several coca
plantations in the region, therefore some officials speculate that cocaine
producers made the attempt on Nieto's life.
Mother's Day is right around the corner... plus, anniversaries and birthdays are always coming up.
All are good reasons for your customers and their friends to buy jewelry.
Are you rewarding your customers with discounts or freebies when they send you a new customer?
The price of gold recently passed $650 per ounce, so if you weren't able to hedge by buying up gold mountings and findings a couple of years ago, you probably should be buying what you need now. It just keeps going up.
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