Green emeralds are excellent gemstones for most types of gemstone jewelry. They are considered to be fairly hard, although not so tough owing to the natural flaws of emeralds. They also have a good level of fire and brilliance which makes them ideal gemstones for open settings. Green emeralds are perfect for setting in large gemstone emerald rings and pendants. They are best set into designs that allow light to pass through easily in order to maximize transparency. The truncated corners of the ’emerald’-cut’ were designed to help emeralds to be more ‘wearable’ as they reduce the risk of facet corners breaking and chipping. When wearing emeralds, emerald cuts, ovals and other shapes without pointed facet corners are the safest.
Emeralds are excellent gems for beaded and tumbled jewelry, such as strands and bracelets, but typically only lower grade emeralds are reserved for this type of jewelry use. Emeralds in general are one of the most popular gemstones in the world and they are a favorite among the elite, especially considering that they are one of the ‘precious four’ gems. Unlike many other rarer colored stones, emeralds are often available in local jewelry stores, usually as high-end designs. All emeralds are brittle, and due to their internal stress, extra care should be taken during setting, cutting and repolishing. Emeralds are sensitive to heat and pressure, so jewelers should be careful when setting them.
Note: Buy colored gemstones by size and not by carat weight. Colored stones vary in size-to-weight ratio. Some stones are larger and others are smaller than diamond by weight in comparison.