Emerald -

Emerald

 

Birthstone - May

Mohs scale of hardness - 7.5

Colour - Shades of green

Cut - The most common cut for an emerald is a step cut which has the corners truncated, known as an emerald cut.  As emeralds are brittle this type of cut keeps the stone more secure within the setting and reduces the risk of damage.

Found - Colombia is one of the main sources, Sri Lanka and India are other localities

Care Tip - Clean with warm soapy water and a soft brush, an old toothbrush is recommended