emerald & dia drop pendant

Emerald

Emerald  Origins :  Columbia, Zambia, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe.

Birthstone – May 

Wedding anniversary :  55th anniversary

Emerald belongs to the ‘Beryl’ family; aquamarine also belongs to this family.

An emerald is not as hard as a ruby or sapphire and rates 7½-8 on the Mohs Scale of hardness. Emerald has many special qualities, but coloured stone professionals generally agree that emeralds are, most of all, all about colour.

Emerald Michael Platt

Chromium, vanadium, and iron are the trace elements that cause emerald’s colour. The presence or absence of each and their relative amounts determine the exact colour of an emerald crystal. The finest emeralds are of a deep, lively transparent ‘emerald’ green, (colour varies according to source area) however most are clouded by inclusions referred to as ‘jardin’ or garden like inclusions.

Eye-clean emeralds are especially valuable because they are so rare.  Emeralds tend to be more brittle than other gems and because of this, can be vulnerable, most are acceptably ‘oiled’ to fill and disguise fissures, this also enhances colour, penetrating the smallest imperfections making them less visible.

Emerald Gemstone

The oiling of Emeralds has been an acceptable treatment from ancient times from almost as long as they have been discovered and cut. Extra special care and handling should be taken of Emeralds and they should not be immersed for any lengthy time in water and especially not in chemicals.

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My wife and I purchased a lovely bespoke entwined engagement & wedding ring from Michael Platt, 28 years ago. We visited in February this year to enquire about an eternity ring. Jordan was inspirational and used diamonds from a family heirloom. The design full complemented and sits beautifully with the original rings. It was a very pleasurable experience and we are both delighted with the result. Fantastic to know they are still offering great service and bespoke design.

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Brilliant personal service every step of the way. I wanted a diamond engagement ring and was able to easily discuss different stones and design options with Grace sending sketches back and forth. I decided on an emerald cut stone with a platinum ring. Communication was excellent and the ring delivered on time and discreetly to an agreed address. I proposed by Lake Windermere having hidden the ring in the sandwich tin. A beautiful ring - my partner loves it!

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