Emerald Engagement Rings Have Us Green with Envy
Maybe you came here looking for emerald cut engagement rings, and that’s fine. We have plenty to say (keep scrolling). But what we really want to talk about first is, you know, actual emeralds. That gorgeous green precious gemstone known as “jewel of kings” and a favorite of Egyptian ruler Cleopatra (supposedly she even had her own emerald mines, y’all, where can I get one?). For some, emerald engagement rings may be unsuitable for everyday wear. Yes, they are softer than diamonds (we’ll explain), but you can wear an emerald as an engagement ring, for sure. You just have to know what you’re getting into. So if you’re like many gem geeks around the globe who’ve been lured into loving this exotic green gem, heads up—we’re about to unlock its mystique.
Emeralds have fascinated folks the word over since antiquity. There’s just something about their lush, velvety hue that’s hard to look away from. It’s also the birthstone of May and the gemstone associated with both the 20th and 30th wedding anniversary. While natural emeralds can be found in many places, the most famous (and the most beautiful) tend to come out of modern-day Colombia. In fact, Colombian emeralds are really the standard by which all other emeralds are measured, they’re so rad.
The Emerald Engagement Ring Celebrity Obsession
Maybe it’s because the green contrasts so nicely with red carpets, but celebs are definitely rocking their share of emerald jewelry. Artsy, edgy names like Zoe Kravitz and Angelina Jolie have been known to wear huge emerald earrings. And redheads like Julianne Moore, Debra Messing, and Julia Roberts own the look. But there are even a few celebs rocking emerald engagement rings too! Victoria Beckham has her emerald cushion set in a wrapped, pavé filled diamond band (scroll back up for that gorge close-up), Halle Berry has a square cut emerald engagement ring, and Olivia Wilde rocked a diamond ring with a delicate emerald halo. Even Jackie O’s engagement ring paired a diamond and emerald! And you can’t argue with Jackie O.
Green Thumbs Not Required
The other thing to note about emeralds is that they’re expected to have eye-visible inclusions. An eye-clean emerald is super rare and suuuuuuuper expensive. Inclusions in emeralds are so common (and really, so cool) that they even have their own name, “jardin”. Yep. Like a garden. And if you put one under a microscope, you can check out their unique “underwater garden-like” appearance. What you’ll want to watch out for, though, are any surface-reaching inclusions that could potentially be a weak point in your stone. Working with a reputable gemologist is the best idea here, to make sure you’re getting something that’s safe to walk around with.
Are Emerald Engagement Rings Worth the Green?
Good quality emeralds can be more expensive than diamonds because of their rarity. Pick your jaws up off the floor, my dears. That doesn’t mean you can’t find a beautiful and affordable stone. Color is the most important thing to look for—the best is in the bluish-green to pure green range. Look for vivid, transparent (not cloudy) color, with no visible color zoning (like, stripes of color). And then find a well-cut stone that really shows off that color. Too deep and the color might look dark. Too shallow and it’ll look pale. Just remember emeralds won’t be brilliant like diamonds. However, well-cut emeralds with symmetrical facets and flashes of bright green light are very possible. Also, lab grown emeralds are readily available at much more affordable prices, with fewer inclusions. So don’t rule them out if you’re on a tight budget, but don’t want to compromise on an emerald engagement ring of your dreams.
The Shape of Greens
Now, in case it’s not obvious, the term “emerald cut” does, in fact, come from how emerald gemstones were cut. The long, rectangular faceting pattern lends itself naturally to the elongated hexagonal crystal of the emerald gemstone, while the cut corners of this shape help protect the gemstones from chipping (again, back to that softness). Thus, you will find A LOT of emerald engagement rings in emerald cuts. You’ll also find a lot of diamonds cut this way, as it was one of the earliest diamond shapes available as well. Unlike a brilliant cut diamond, which has facets radiating out from its center, the emerald cut is a step-cut stone and has a sophisticated, subtle fire and flash that’s become a fave of, well, all your faves.
Emerald Engagement Rings: The Soft Shock
Let’s get the big question out of the way. Diamonds are the hardest gemstone. They measure a 10 (out of 10) on the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness, which characterizes a stone’s scratch resistance against other materials. Sapphires and rubies (both corundum) are a Mohs 9. Emeralds are only a 7.5-8. And in all honesty, this is about as low as we’d recommend going on the scale for something you plan to wear every day. Why? Because the softer the stone, the more likely it is to get scratched by things that are harder than it.
So, knowing that emeralds’ lower hardness makes them more susceptible to scratches and abrasions, you’ll need to be thoughtful about what you do in your ring. Everyday activities, such as household chores, carrying groceries, or simply brushing against hard surfaces, can expose your emerald green engagement ring to potential damage. These minor scratches, though subtle at first, can accumulate over time, diminishing the stone’s brilliance and overall appearance. And we don’t want that! Here’s a few tips for protecting your emerald:
Keep it squeaky
Keep your green emerald engagement ring clean by gently washing it with lukewarm, soapy water and a soft brush. Avoid any abrasive cleaners—they can harm the stone’s surface.
Store emerald engagement rings right
When not wearing your ring, store it in a padded jewelry box or pouch (how luxe) to prevent it from coming into contact with harder objects that could scratch it.
Take it off
Remove your emerald ring when going to pilates, weight lighting, gardening, or going ham during an at-home workout class. Sure, your finger might feel naked, but a naked finger is always better than a broken ring!
Schedule periodic check-ups to inspect the setting and prongs, ensuring the stone remains secure. We want to keep it safe! At Frank Darling, we offer a complimentary care plan that includes free ring resizing, polishing, and prong tightening for life for all engagement rings in which the center stone was purchased through us. Find out how to request maintenance for your emerald engagement ring.
Manage your expectations of emerald engagement rings
We’re still enchanted by these emeralds, but their lower hardness level necessitates extra care and caution when worn as an engagement ring. Be sure to just brush up your expectations and follow the guidelines above (but don’t brush your ring up on anything harder than a 7.5 on the Mohs Scale!) and you’ll be good.
What Does the Green Emerald Ring Symbolize?
The short answer: a whole lot. Green emerald engagement rings mean a ton in different cultures. There’s some historical symbolism, some general symbolism, and of course you can add in your own interpretations too.
Historical symbolism of green emerald engagement rings
Emeralds, the May birthstone, have been known as The Jewel of Kings and was known as a gem that could bring wit and strong memory. Some even said that it could give you the ability to predict future events! Aside from wearing them, Arab, Hindu, and Spanish doctors would often use emeralds to ward off poison, infection, and even evil spirits.
What does a green engagement ring mean in the modern day?
Green has always been associated with growth and life. It’s the color of fresh leaves, vibrant grass, and the lush landscape of spring. When you slip that emerald engagement ring onto your finger, it’s like you’re embracing a new chapter in your life. It’s a symbol of the exciting journey ahead, full of new adventures, discoveries, and love.
You could also think of your emerald green engagement ring through the lens of prosperity. Green emerald engagement rings are associated with wealth and abundance. But it’s not just a symbol of material wealth prosperity, it’s also about the richness of love and partnership.
So, imagine this: Every time you look at that gorgeous emerald, it’s like a reminder of the continuous growth and evolution of your relationship. It symbolizes the journey you and your partner are embarking on together, growing stronger and more vibrant with each passing day. Awww
Put a Ring on It
One of our favorite ways to wear both emeralds and emerald-cut diamonds is in a three-stone engagement ring setting. Emeralds look great with diamond sidekicks, and the emerald cut looks 100 with some as well. Our jewelers also love to collaborate and would love to help you dream up an emerald engagement ring that’s completely your own. Take our style quiz to get started on your own design and get a free sketch, or reach out at email@example.com and we’ll get to work!