History of emerald engagement rings
For centuries, emeralds have been treasured and prized by cultures, countries and communities in just about every corner of the globe. Along with diamonds, sapphires and rubies, emeralds have been one of the most commonly used stones in fine jewellery designs.
Over the years, emeralds have taken on a wealth of meaning. For example, they were once worshiped by Incas, used to engrave verses from holy scriptures, and even powdered down and turned into a lotion to soothe the eyes.
But despite their changing significance, a few constants have remained. Notably, emeralds are beautiful, unmistakable and are believed to have protective healing properties. All of which have helped drive demand for the use of the stone in meaningful pieces of jewellery, such as engagement rings.
In the past, these stunning rings were available exclusively to the wealthy, including royal family members and the social elite due to the limited supply and value. However, today, emerald engagement rings are much more accessible, with styles to suit all budgets, but in designs that do not compromise quality.
Where do emeralds come from?
Like many precious gemstones, emeralds are formed deep under the earth’s surface over thousands of years. They require a very specific set of conditions, including the right temperature and level of pressure.
Emeralds are formed from a mineral called beryl. When beryl is exposed to a certain temperature and the right level of pressure is applied, it begins to form emerald. This process usually takes place in metamorphic rocks, volcanic deposits and cracks in large areas of granite. However, during formation, there also needs to be some chromium present, as this is what gives an emerald its beautiful green colour. Due to the process and elements involved, inclusions in an emerald stone are natural and expected, and rarely impact quality or value.
These very specific conditions mean there are only a few places in the world where emeralds can be found. The largest producers of emerald include Columbia, Madagascar, Zambia and Brazil.
In these areas, emeralds are still mined by hand, despite technological advancements in the field. This is because the stone is softer than the likes of diamonds, sapphires and rubies, which can be due to the presence of the common inclusions. If too much pressure is applied, emeralds can break.
Why choose an emerald engagement ring?
With their rich history, beauty and rarity due to the formation process, it’s not difficult to see why emeralds are a popular choice for engagement rings. But as well as these reasons, there are a number of other benefits of an emerald engagement ring, including:
- Unmistakable - it goes without saying, but the bold and bright nature of an emerald creates an unmistakable statement for an engagement ring
- Diverse - emeralds pair beautifully with all metal types, as well as diamonds, meaning there is guaranteed to be a design to suit every style
- Quality - although ranking slightly lower on the Mohs hardness scale when compared to diamonds, sapphires and rubies, emeralds are still much more durable than many other coloured gemstones, making them the ideal choice for a piece of jewellery that will be worn everyday
Types of emerald engagement rings
The diverse nature of an emerald means there is a wide range of engagement ring designs to choose from. For example, emeralds pair perfectly with yellow gold for a classic or vintage look, as well as white gold and platinum for something more stylish and contemporary. For an idea of the variety available, here are just some options from our collection of emerald engagement rings:
Emeralds can also be cut in a variety of ways, all of which create very distinct styles. For example, the most iconic is the traditional rectangular ‘emerald’ cut. This style works particularly well for emeralds as it is their colour which is the most important factor of their quality, rather than brilliance. The large surface of an emerald cut stone showcases the deep green colour of an emerald in the most accurate and beautiful way.
Round cut emeralds have also risen in popularity in recent years, with the style presenting a modern twist on the classic diamond shape. With a round cut emerald, you get the perfect balance of colour and sparkle.
For more emerald engagement ring inspiration, be sure to browse our full collection online today.