Emeralds pulse with life and vitality. In the Emeralds depths beats the heart of the rainforest, its shadows alive with promise, expectation... even danger. More valuable than even diamonds, fine-quality Emeralds of significant size are among the world’s most bewitching jewels. Emeralds incomparable dark green colour is produced only under extremely rare conditions. Because these conditions also result in tiny cracks and cavities in the stone, inclusions are acceptable in top-quality Emeralds. Ancient history records Emeralds mined near the Red Sea, “Cleopatra’s Mines,” where the Pharaohs gathered gems between 3000 and 1500 B.C. The Incas and Aztecs of South America once worshiped Emeralds as holy stones. And Maharajas of India, who believed Emeralds brought luck and restored health, had multitudes of Emeralds in their treasure vaults. The green of Emeralds is representative of life and springtime. In ancient Rome, it was the colour that symbolized the beauty and love of the goddess Venus. Perhaps this is why Emeralds are the gem chosen by love birds to celebrate their 20th, 35th or 55th wedding anniversary. Emeralds are also the gemstone of choice for those born in May as well as those born under the sign of Virgo. As a member of the Beryl family of gems -- cousin to Aquamarine and Morganite -- Emeralds are found in Afghanistan, Columbia, Zimbabwe, India, Pakistan, and Russia. These Emeralds are mined in Zambia and Brazil and are available in qualities from commercial to AAA, and in sizes up to 1ct plus. Larger sizes, purchased for their rarity and beauty, are available in the Black Box Gemstone® collection. Images of these Emeralds are available online. The hue of nature itself, Emeralds enjoy appeal year-round: an ideal accent for spring wardrobes, a highlight of summer designs, an autumn complement and the perfect hue to dispel winter blues. With proper care, Emeralds in your jewellery will be treasured for generations.