Emeralds are one of the most expensive gemstones. A variety of beryl, the colour of emeralds is usually a very rich green. Their worth is valued by the cut, colour, clarity, and carat weight. They have been mined in many countries around the world, including Egypt in ancient times. In the 21st century Colombia is the world's largest producer of emeralds, followed by Zambia.
Emerald is the traditional birthstone for May, and for those born between the 22nd of June and the 22nd of July, under the astrological star sign of Cancer. Emerald is also the stone to buy for someone born on a Friday.
Emeralds have traditionally been given as a gift for 55th anniversaries but increasingly they are also given for 20th and 35th anniversaries as well.
Most of the emerald jewellery that Polkadot Stripes stocks is created with Siberian Emerald, which is a man-made variety with all the colour and clarity of the most expensive natural stones, but without the high price tag. Our Siberian jewellery is all rhodium-plated on silver which means that it will not tarnish if cared for properly.