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Interesting Facts about Emeralds

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Emeralds, one of the world's most beautiful yet misunderstood gems, is one of only five precious stones. Learn more about green fire in this presentation featuring emeralds of Colombia - the world's …

Emeralds, one of the world's most beautiful yet misunderstood gems, is one of only five precious stones. Learn more about green fire in this presentation featuring emeralds of Colombia - the world's best.

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  • 1. “12 Interesting Facts About Emeralds That Might Surprise You”
  • 2. Emeralds are recognized as one of the four precious stones world wide
  • 3. Emeralds are actually a variety of the mineral beryl (Be3Al2(SiO3)6) colored green by small amounts of chromium or vanadium
  • 4. Emeralds are produced in more than 30 countries including: Brazil , Colombia, Afghanistan, Australia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, United States, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
  • 5. Colombia is the world's largest producer of emeralds, providing for more than 50% of the world’s production
  • 6. The three principal emerald mining areas in Colombia are Muzo, Coscuez, and Chivor
  • 7. Although the traditional rectangular cut is most common, emeralds can be cut into a variety of other shapes
  • 8. Rare “trapiche” emeralds are found only in Colombia and are distinguished by a six-pointed radial pattern of dark carbon impurity spokes radiating from the gem’s center
  • 9. In the United States, emeralds have been discovered in the states of North and South Carolina, Nevada, Montana and Connecticut. Emeralds were first discovered in the Yukon in 1997.
  • 10. By definition, true emeralds are green The name comes from the Greek word "smaragdus", meaning green
  • 11. Emeralds are graded using four basic parameters: Color, Cut, Clarity and Crystal. Crystal, is a synonym for transparency, which is also called diaphaneity.
  • 12. Emerald smugglers are called “quaqueros”
  • 13. Emeralds are often found near large deposits of Quartz
  • 14. The world’s foremost Emerald Museum is on the 23rd floor of a skyscraper in Bogota, Colombia
  • 15. Read more on Emeralds here SOCIAL MEDIA Blog: http://bettereflteacher.blogspot.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/larry.m.lynch.3/ LinkedIn: co.linkedin.com/pub/larry-mlynch/7a/661/261/ YouTube: http://au.youtube.com/user/lynchlarrym Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/lynchlarrym/ Prof. Larry M. Lynch proflmlynch@gmail.com