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Emerald’s meaning, styling, and care

The meaning of Emerald

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A symbol of fertility (as the stone of Venus), fidelity, and friendship, Emeralds were once thought to protect against unfaithfulness by turning dull and losing their color and luster in the presence of someone who was disloyal. They were also considered a protection against poison and a defense against demons. The philosopher Aristotle encouraged parents to hang the gem around their children's necks to prevent epilepsy.

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Emerald – gemstone knowledge

An extremely rare variety of the stone is called a "cat's eye" Emerald. It exhibits one or more long, narrow rays of white light on a cabochon-cut (polished) surface. This effect is known as chatoyancy.

Close-up of a woman's ear wearing a Classic 5 Birthstone drop earring featuring 4mm briolette cut, bezel set emeralds.

Emeralds have long been associated with spring and new beginnings.

Where is Emerald found?

Terra 7 Birthstone bracelet in 14k yellow gold featuring seven alternating 4mm bezel set sapphire and emerald gemstones.

HAVERHILL Emeralds are sustainably grown in a lab, which mimics their formation in nature. They share all the chemical, physical, and optical properties of naturally mined Emeralds, with outstanding color and excellent durability. We love sustainably grown gems because they're gentle on the earth and are beautifully consistent in their verdant radiance.

Personalized Grand 9 Birthstone necklace featuring alternating emeralds and moonstones on a 1.17mm cable chain.

Fun facts about Emerald

Close-up of woman's hand wearing a Rosecliff Grand Emerald ring featuring a 6mm center stone and eight 2mm accent stones.

Caring for your Emerald jewelry

Your jewelry for everyday wear needs minimal care. You can wear it in the shower, while swimming, sleeping, and exercising. Follow these common-sense tips for keeping your jewelry in good repair:
• Store jewelry in its pouch or box to keep the gems from getting scratched by other stones.
• Remove rings before lifting weights or other heavy objects, which could cause the stone(s) to get scratched, or even bend the band itself.
• Avoid prolonged exposure to chlorinated water (an occasional dip is fine).

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Maintain the beauty of your jewelry by keeping it clean. Use a non-abrasive jewelry cleaner or mild, dye-free dish soap and water. Let the jewelry soak in a small bowl for a few minutes, then brush gently with a soft toothbrush. Be sure to rinse it completely, and blot dry with a chamois cloth.

A pair of Providence Emerald Stud earrings featuring one 2x4mm baguette cut gemstone per earring & an Adelaide Mini chain.

Styling tips for Emeralds

Woman wearing an Adelaide Mini necklace, Rosecliff Diamond Bar necklace & Providence 6 Birthstone pendant in 14k yellow gold.
Close-up of woman's wrist wearing a personalized Classic 3 Birthstone bracelet featuring three 4mm briolette cut gemstones.

In HAVERHILL's Terra Collection, Emeralds sit side-by-side with deep blue Sapphires to represent land and sea. Ten percent of the purchase price of Terra jewelry is donated to The Nature Conservancy, a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive.

Terra Rosecliff Stackable ring and Terra 9 Birthstone necklace featuring alternating sapphire and emerald gemstones.

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Is Emerald a good-luck stone?

Tradition says that wearing your birthstone is good luck, so if you're a May baby, it's a great choice for jewelry! Emeralds are considered to be a lucky stone in general, so they make a wonderful gem for everybody. Try pairing it with Diamond or White Topaz to highlight its color, or lean into the green by wearing the gem on its own.

Should I wear Emerald only if it’s my birthstone?

People wear gemstones for many reasons, not just because it’s the birthstone for the month they were born. You may choose to wear a stone because you feel a connection to the color, because its traditional meaning resonates with you, or because it reminds you of someone you love, such as a child, friend, or loved one who’s passed away. Jewelry is extremely personal and you should feel free to wear any gemstone that speaks to you.

Are sustainably grown gemstones real?

Sustainably grown precious gems are genuine gemstones grown in a lab from a “seed” and are chemically, physically, and optically identical to naturally mined stones. These lab-grown gemstones have beautiful, consistent color and fewer inclusions than naturally mined stones. They're rated the same hardness on the Mohs scale.

Can this gem go in water?

Yes – you can wear it while showering, swimming, and exercising.

Does this gem have healing properties?

According to legend, Emerald can help heal the eyes, heart, and skin. It was once believed to strengthen the memory and promote fertility, as well.