Green with Envy- Emerald – May

Emerald is derived from the French ‘Esmeraude’ meaning green, the Latin ‘Smaragdus’ and Hebrew, Greek and Turkish words for lightning. The most important deposits of this beryl gemstone are found in Colombia and were originally mined by the Incas, but are still being worked today. Brazil is now one of the most important suppliers of fire coloured stones.

Africa (especially South Africa) is a new source of emeralds today where Gemfields is an important mining company. Emeralds are also mined in Russia, Pakistan, India and Australia. Some amazing examples are to be found in the Topkapi Palace Treasury in Istanbul, especially in the hilts of swords and daggers.

Cleopatra wore emeralds from mines worked in Ancient Egypt, and they were given as gifts, often engraved with her portrait. Many ancient cultures believed emeralds endowed their wearers with good fortune, well-being and good health. The Emerald City in Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz books was constructed from emerald gemstones and green glass, and the inhabitants wore green eye glasses. In antiquity, statues were often given emerald eyes in the belief that this was an amulet protecting sight.

The mother of heiress and writer Nancy Cunard changed her name from Maud to Emerald.

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Left to right: Talisman Gallery emerald bead necklace (£2,750) Jordan Schlanger 18ct gold and emerald ‘dot’ earrings (£1,195) Natasha Dahlberg emerald bead  and 18ct gold charm necklace(£3,300)

ring-1Ram Rijal cabochon emerald and 22ct gold ring £3,500

All these beautiful emeralds are currently available at Talisman Gallery’s store in Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge.