Colour is a powerful thing. It evokes very personal responses. There are psychological responses and emotional responses to colour. Some would say just as red symbolises passion, danger and excitement, green signifies life, prestige and power. It is the colour of nature, it soothes and refreshes…… unless it’s kryptonite and you’re Superman in which case it’s not great! Emeralds have long been highly sought after. Mesmerising examples of these beautiful stones have captivated us for centuries. Learning to appreciate emeralds and what influences their value can help when searching for a beautiful piece of jewellery.

Emeralds belong to the beryl species along with aquamarines. Their value lies in the the balance between hue, tone and saturation. The most desired hue is bluish green to green, medium to medium dark tone and strong to vivid saturation. Slight differences in the quality of colours can directly affect the value. Colour should be evenly distributed and no colour zoning seen with the naked eye. Colombian emeralds are considered the finest examples of emeralds worldwide. Pop into us at CM Weldon in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre and we can show you some gorgeous emerald jewellery and explain more about these precious stones.


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