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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 best.

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  • Dear Mr. Lynch, I am attempting to study the Breastplate of Aaron. In doing so, I am trying to narrow down the exact stones present during that Biblical time frame in determining if the green stone was malachite or emerald. A number of the stones have been renamed from translation to translation.
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Interesting Facts about Emeralds

  1. 1. “12 Interesting Facts About Emeralds That Might Surprise You”
  2. 2. Emeralds are recognized as one of the four precious stones world wide
  3. 3. Emeralds are actually a variety of the mineral beryl (Be3Al2(SiO3)6) colored green by small amounts of chromium or vanadium
  4. 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. 5. Colombia is the world's largest producer of emeralds, providing for more than 50% of the world’s production
  6. 6. The three principal emerald mining areas in Colombia are Muzo, Coscuez, and Chivor
  7. 7. Although the traditional rectangular cut is most common, emeralds can be cut into a variety of other shapes
  8. 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. 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. 10. By definition, true emeralds are green The name comes from the Greek word "smaragdus", meaning green
  11. 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. 12. Emerald smugglers are called “quaqueros”
  13. 13. Emeralds are often found near large deposits of Quartz
  14. 14. The world’s foremost Emerald Museum is on the 23rd floor of a skyscraper in Bogota, Colombia
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