Emerald jewellery has been popular for centuries, but have you ever stopped to wonder precisely why? Sure, emeralds are gorgeous, there’s no doubt about that, but what has helped make these mysterious stones one of the most popular choices for fine jewellery pieces around the world for hundreds of years?
The London DE team are here to shed some light on the matter. Below you’ll find some fun facts about the history of emeralds to give you a bit of insight into why emerald jewellery is so highly sought after.
Why are emeralds so mysterious and when did they become popular?
Perhaps out of all the coloured gemstones, emeralds boast both the richest and most mysterious history. In ancient Rome, they were seen as symbols of love and fertility; it was a cherished stone of Cleopatra’s in the days of ancient Egypt. The Incas were rumoured to worship a giant emerald in their time and even the holy grail was said to be decorated with them. All of these things add a mystique and attraction to the emerald that doubtlessly is one of the reasons why it remains such a popular coloured gemstone to this day.
What are a few things that make emeralds so popular nowadays?
The facts mentioned above certainly help in giving this popular stone its staying power, but it’s also about who wears emeralds these days that can make the stone so attractive. In modern history, some of the world’s most powerful and popular women have worn emeralds, everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Jackie Onassis. More recently, Angelina Jolie-Pitt was spotted at the Oscars in 2009 wearing a set of emerald earrings that cost a whopping £1.5 million.
A few more fun facts before you go…