Worshipped for their rarity and their exceptional beauty, emeralds take their name from the Latin "smaragdus", the heart of stone. Natural wonders mainly of Colombia, Brazil, or Zambia, top quality emeralds are even more valuable than diamonds. A type of beryl mineral, they are colored green by trace amounts of chromium. Most emeralds are highly included, which makes them sensitive to pressure.
Van Cleef & Arpels obtains most of its emeralds from Colombia, the mines of which produce some of the best stones available in the world today. The gems are treated with nothing but natural, colorless oil, preserving the true and unique hue of the stone.
One of the most remarkable emeralds is certainly the 150-carat engraved emerald from the Empress Farah Pahlavi crown created by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1967.
Believed by the ancients to confer the ability to see into the future, emeralds have long been thought to bring good fortune. They are the gemstones for the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries.
Maintaining your emerald:
To preserve the unique brilliance and color of the stones, Van Cleef & Arpels recommends cleaning emeralds with a soft, dry cloth, avoiding sudden temperature changes and keeping them away from excessive heat.