Beautiful Ethiopian Emeralds

There has been a trickle of emeralds from Ethiopia for decades, but a new find in 2016 has created quite a stir in the gem trade. Learn about the quality, source area, and gemology of this deposit and how pricing of Ethiopian emeralds compares to Read More …

Colombian Emerald History

EARLY HISTORY Emeralds mined in Colombia have been used for trade and personal adornment throughout much of Middle and South America since pre-Columbian times. When the first Spaniards arrived in the New World in the early 16th century, emeralds were being worshiped, were used in Read More …

How to Buy Emeralds

The Importance of the Four C’s Though we use the same 4 c’s for emeralds, we give greater or lesser weight to each one, according to its particular significance when assessing emeralds. Let’s take a look at each one, in order of importance. Color Without Read More …

Your Memorial Day Weekend Things To Do

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this Memorial Day Weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, May 25 to Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018.  Marvel at magic tricks, meet the stars from your favorite comic-based films and TV shows, design and create your Read More …

Emerald Mining in Colombia

There has been more activity in emerald mining in Colombia in the last few years than at any other time in the four centuries since the Spanish first discovered the deposits. The past, however, has yielded many fabulous gems, the most famous of which are Read More …

Smithsonian’s 75-Carat Hooker Emerald Was Once Mounted Into a Sultan’s Belt Buckle

One of the world’s most spectacular examples of May’s official birthstone is the 75.47-carat Hooker Emerald, an historic gem that was once mounted into the belt buckle of an Ottoman sultan. Today, it is beautifully displayed in a platinum brooch adorned with 109 brilliant-cut diamonds weighing Read More …

The 37.8-Carat ‘Chalk Emerald’ Will Take Your Breath Away

Exhibiting the most highly prized velvety deep green color, the 37.82-carat Chalk Emerald is displayed near the Hope Diamond in the National Gem and Mineral Collection at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The gem was sourced in the famous emerald-mining area near Read More …

The Gachala Emerald

Weighing in at 858 carats and displaying a superb vivid green color, the uncut “Gachala Emerald” is one of the world’s finest examples of May’s official birthstone. The hexagonal crystal was found at the Vega de San Juan mine in Gachala, Colombia, in 1967, and Read More …

Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle’s Diamond Tiara

Meghan Markle wore a stunning diamond tiara designed for Queen Mary loaned to her by the Queen as she walked down the aisle of St George’s Chapel, but what is the Queen Mary tiara and where did Meghan get the tiara? The beautiful detailed diamond Read More …