Emerald is a green variety of the mineral beryl. Aquamarine is blue beryl.
The magnificent green colour of this highly sought after stone comes comes from impurities of chromium and vanadium.
Flawless emeralds are incredibly rare. The vast majority are heavily included and feature significant surface reaching fissures.
Emerald is the modern birthstone for the month of May.
Muzo in the Western Boyacá Province of Colombia is known as the emerald capital of the world. More emeralds are mined here than in any other country.