People love the beautiful green colour of emeralds.
And they think that they are ‘soft’.
This is the most misunderstood thing about emeralds. Emeralds are in fact a very hard stone (they sit at 7.5 – 8 on the Moh’s hardness scale http://www.gemologyonline.com/mohs.html ).
They also have a lot of natural inclusions,
and the combination of the hardness and the inclusions make the stones brittle. It’s this combination that makes emeralds tricky to wear because they can chip or break if they are knocked.
The best way to look after your beautiful emeralds is to remove your emerald jewellery when doing housework or doing activities where the emerald could be knocked against something hard. Emeralds should not be immersed in ultrasonic cleaners, particularly heated cleaners, as they can place too much pressure on the inclusions.
Please come and see us at PIKE if you have any questions about your emeralds, or if you would like to add one of these beautiful stones to your jewellery collection – we would love to help.