Top Ten Emeralds

Top Ten Emeralds

       Emerald is a variety of the mineral beryl (Be3Al2(SiO3)6) colored green by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium. Beryl has a hardness of 7.5–8 on the 10 point Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Most emeralds are highly included, so their toughness (resistance to breakage) is classified as generally poor.

  1. Bahia Emerald

    The Bahia Emerald is one of the largest emeralds (or rather, emerald crystals embedded in host rock) and contains the largest single shard ever found. The approximately 840 lb (1,900,000 carats) Brazilian stone narrowly escaped flooding during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 during a period of storage in a warehouse in New Orleans. It was subsequently reported stolen in September 2008 from a secured vault in South El Monte in Los Angeles County, California. Whilst the stone has been valued at some $400 million, the true value is unclear.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahia_Emerald
  2. The Guinness Emerald Crystal

    The 1759-carat Guinness Emerald Crystal. The stone was found at the Coscuez in Columbia and is one of the largest gem-quality emerald crystals in the world.
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  3. Chalk Emerald Ring

    The Chalk Emerald is a 37.82 carats (7.56 g) Colombian emerald. It originally weighed 38.40 carats (7.68 g), but was re-cut and set in a ring, where it is surrounded by sixty pear-shaped diamonds (totaling 15 carats (3.0 g), by Harry Winston Inc. The ring is housed in the National Gem and Mineral Collection at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in the US and was donated to the museum by Mr. and Mrs. O. Roy Chalk in 1972. The Chalk Emerald ranks among the very finest Columbian emeralds, it was once the centerpiece of an emerald and diamond necklace belonging to a maharani of the former state of Baroda in India.
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  4. The Duke of Devonshire Emerald
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  5. The Gachala Emerald

    The Gachala Emerald is an uncut 5-cm emerald crystal weighing 858 carats (172 g). The stone was found in 1967 at Vega de San Juan mine in Colombia and is named after the mining district where it was discovered. Now in the United States, it was donated to the Smithsonian Institution by the New York jeweler, Harry Winston.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gachala_Emerald,
  6. The Mackay Emerald

    Description: The largest cut emerald in the National Gem Collection designed by Cartier Inc. In 1931, Clarence H. Mackay presented the necklace as a wedding gift to his wife, Anna Case.
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  7. Mogul Emerald
    The Mogul Emerald weighs in at 217.8 carats. It is embellished with an Islamic prayer written in Arabic script. The Mogul was mined in Columbia and was engraved by the late 17th Century Mogul rulers of India. It is believed to have possibly been worn as the centerpiece of a turban pin. To this day, Emerald is a highly sought after gem and seeking it can be dangerous. In the areas of the world where the gem is found (particularly Columbia) those who seek it or mine it consider their treasure hunting profession at the very least “predatory” due to illicit forays into the mines, theft and even murder. Emerald is actually a form of Beryl. Crystal healers associate the “vibe” properties of Emerald and Beryl to be connected to the Heart Chakra. The Emerald acts as a powerful influence in aiding in the recovery of infectious illness.
    Links: http://www.esotericonline.net/profiles/blogs/history-s-famous-gems,
  8. Maximillian Emerald Ring

    Donated to the Smithsonian Museum by Marjorie Merriweather Post.
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  9. Hooker Emerald Brooch

    Description: A 75.47-carat emerald set in a brooch, part of the Smithsonian Museum’s collection.
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  10. Emerald City Earings
    Emerald City Earrings
    Links: http://www.signaturestyle365.com/product_p/emerald-city.htm,
  11. The Patricia Emerald Crystal

    It is one of the largest gem-quality emeralds in the world, The stone resides in the New York Museum of Natural History.
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  12. Queen Victoria’s Emerald and Diamond Tiara

    Links: Top Ten Crowns, http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2012/12/my-ultimate-tiara-collection-queen.html,
  13. Links: Top Ten Minerals, http://www.jewelinfo4u.com/World_Famous_Gemstones.aspx,

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