Angelina Jolie, Elizabeth Taylor, Cleopatra, and Venus: emeralds are the gems of goddesses. Chatham invented lab-grown emeralds 75 years ago so it’s not surprising we grow the best emeralds on earth.MORE ABOUT EMERALDS >>
For the ancient Romans, emeralds were the gems of Venus, powerful love and fertility charms. In ancient Egypt, emeralds were Cleopatra’s favorite gem. Elizabeth Taylor loved emerald necklaces and rings. Style icons the Duchess of Windsor, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Halle Berry rocked emerald engagement rings. Angelina Jolie and Sofia Vergara stun in emerald earrings on the red carpet. Clearly emerald jewelry is for women who shine in the spotlight.
Although emeralds were mined in ancient Egypt and Pakistan, the Conquistadors found the best emeralds anyone had ever seen when they arrived in the new world. The mines they discovered in Colombia are still the source of the best mined emeralds today.
Gaze into a fine emerald and you see paradise in its lush green. You’ll also see a garden of inclusions that grow along with the crystal. Mined emeralds are almost never flawless: that’s why most jewelers don’t recommend emeralds for engagement rings. Inclusions mean that 80-95% of the rough is lost in cutting. That’s why you’ll almost always find emeralds in the emerald cut: it loses the least weight.