Emerald (Panna)

Emerald (Panna)


An oasis of vivid green, the Emerald (Panna in Sanskrit) is the epitome of beauty. With its renewing and fresh color that soothes the soul, these gems were thought to be Queen Cleopatra’s favorite gems. A rich golden green with a hint of blue, emeralds once symbolized rebirth and love to the ancient Romans. In Vedic teachings, these sensational green gemstones foster success and bring with them insight and creativity.

Color: Bluish-green to a rich alpine green with a nice saturation of color
Finger: Worn on the little finger, with the gemstone touching the body (Vedic teaching)
Neck: Worn as a pendant with the gemstone touching the body
Metal: Yellow or white gold makes a great combination with the soft, unrivaled color of the emerald.
Zodiac Sign: Gemini and Virgo (Vedic), Cancer (Western)

One of the popular big three, Emeralds radiates beauty with their color. A bold choice, these gems are popular with today’s modern and contemporary couples and are renowned for their healing effects. Representing the planet Mercury, natural emeralds are rare gems that are mined in select locations across the world like Zambia and Colombia.

Richly colored with fresh green hues, the emerald is also the birthstone for the month of May, colored by vanadium and chromium and is truly a prized gem.

Part of the navratna (9 gemstone grahas), the Emerald is a powerful gemstone that soothes, heals and is believed to be a messenger from the gods.

  • Drives away losses and tough situations for businesses owners
  • Facilitates effective communication and wit
  • Believed to improve one’s concentration

Part of the beryl family, it takes a lot for a magnificent emerald to form. Perfect heat and pressure paired with all the right trace elements create a dreamlike, vividly green colored gemstone. Buying gemstones with certificates from a reputable laboratory always adds authenticity and reliability. At Navratan.com each purchase comes with a supporting third party certificate that gives a detailed account of the gemstone.

Color:An evenly colored green or bluish-green with strong saturation and no hints of darkness is the most prized color for an exotic emerald. Colored by the presence of chromium, vanadium and iron, these opulent gems, although available in a range of greens, finding the right color that instantly connects with you is most important.

Clarity:Clarity features go hand in hand with natural emeralds. Often filled with a range of inclusions that list out the different growing conditions, it is incredibly rare to find an emerald with no internal clarity characteristics. Termed Jardin in French, calcite and pyrite crystals in Columbian emeralds, fractures, tubes, 2-3 phase inclusions in Brazilian gems, and dendritic oxide in Zambian gems are some inclusions that make a usual appearance. These internal features can sometimes even add to the value of a gemstone.

Size & Cut:A wide range of sizes with some of the smallest gems under 5mm in size, larger gems can weigh over 15 carats. India, a big cutting hub to the world, has artisans that can create beautiful pieces from natural rough. Cabochons and longer faceted gems like rectangular emerald cuts generally pair well with the emerald rough producing maximum output.

Treatments: A common practice when it comes to natural emerald, most treatments include oiling with common baby oil. Although oiling is an accepted treatment globally, other treatments like epoxy fillers and resins must be disclosed at the time of purchase as these can lower the value of the emerald.

The fresh green notes of the natural emerald have an envious beauty, making them popular in jewelry. At 7.5 on the Moh’s scale of hardness, these vividly colored beryls make a good choice for jewelry. However as natural emeralds have a plethora of internal features that identify the gems, these delicate stones must be worn in secure settings with least exposure to chemicals and heavy detergents.

An emerald’s origin can speak for the gem itself. Columbian gems, renowned for their saturated bluish-green colors make up some of the most unique and highly prized emeralds. With a yellowish-green, the more commercial mining location is Brazil that produces the bulk of the gems seen on the market today. Zambia is also known to produce some spectacular rich greens that make up a fine selection. Russian mines on the other hand are known to produce a small number of emeralds occasionally with vivid colors.

One of the popular big three on the market, a natural emerald can come with a pretty high price tag. Well saturated color and an eye clean appearance with good transparency contributes to the rarity of the gems and can push values from INR 2,000 up to INR 20,000 per carat.

When understanding the price of a ruby it is important to understand the correlation between the following factors.

Color: Natural Columbian emeralds and Afghan emeralds generally set the benchmark in terms of color. The rich sparkling greens are pure and vivid making them truly unmatched gems. Zambian gems are available at good prices that have a good blend of color and clarity.
Clarity: Fewer inclusions in emerald are incredibly rare and translate to higher values in relation to its color and size. For a good investment ‘eye clean’ gemstones are always at the top of the chart.
Size: With each factor intrinsically linked, larger emeralds might not have great color and transparency, although when they do they are very valuable and rare, often even sold at the auctions. Smaller gems with impeccable clarity and color can sometimes even sell for high values compared to larger gems that have lower qualities.

Caring for your natural emerald is imperative. Gemstones over time tend to attract dirt and grime and need an occasional bath.

A safe way to clean your Emerald jewelry is:

  • Place gemstone studded jewelry in a bowl of warm soapy water, away from a basin
  • In the bowl scrub the piece lightly with an old, soft bristled toothbrush
  • In the bowl, rinse with clean water
  • Wipe dry

Bowl is to catch gemstones that might come out of their setting, but can be returned to the jeweler to be reset.

Do not use any harsh chemicals, light hand soap will work.

Using ultrasonic machines to clean emerald jewelry can be dangerous, as it can clean out the baby oil filling, leaving your stone looking different.

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