Emerald Jewelry | May Birthstone
With its rich green color, the emerald is a classic and elegant gemstone. Cleopatra loved emerald jewelry, as have members of high society for thousands of years. Emerald is the birthstone of May, making emerald necklaces, emerald rings and other emerald jewelry a vibrant choice for those born in that month. You'll love emerald rings and emerald necklaces set in yellow, white, or rose gold. Whether you love the color or want to make a powerful jewelry choice, emerald jewelry is a sight to behold.
Color: Dark to medium green with hints of blue.
Durability: Fair to poor toughness. Emeralds can show wear in the form of scratches and chips if not worn with care.
Emerald Jewelry Care
Is Emerald Jewelry Safe for Normal Wear?
The toughness of an emerald is typically fair to good. However, this gemstone often has inclusions and surface fractures. Fillers are used to maximize the beauty of the stone, but exposure to light and chemicals can cause these fillers to deteriorate over time. Consider this before choosing natural emeralds for jewelry you intend to wear daily. Do not wear while cleaning or using any household chemicals.
How to Clean Emerald Jewelry
Because natural emeralds may be treated with oil, wax or resin, they should only be cleaned using warm soapy water and a soft bristle brush. Let your emerald jewelry air dry on a soft cloth. Ultrasonic and steam cleaning should never be used. Emerald jewelry also needs occasional oiling to keep its vibrant luster and shine. Ask a KAY jewelry consultant for details.
How to Store Emerald Jewelry
Emerald jewelry can be easily damaged by other gemstones, so it's best to store it separately from other jewelry or wrap it in a soft cloth.
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