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Emerald

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System:Hexagonal
Name:Emerald has priority over beryl as a mineral name. Emerald was known in antiquity and was prized as a gem. In the 1790s, Louis Nicolas Vauquelin, the discoverer of chromium, demonstrated that emerald and beryl were essentially the same chemical compound and that emeralds, sensu strictu, contained chromium. Nonetheless, emerald continued to be listed as the preferred species name for many decades and emerald finally began to be used as a variety name for beryl by the 1830s. New emerald reports referring to ordinary green or even blue beryl persisted in the amateur literature into the twentieth century. In the latter twentieth century, it was discovered that some emeralds contain more vanadium than chromium.
A variety of Beryl

A green gem variety of Beryl, highly sought after as a precious gem stone. The majority of the world's gem quality Emeralds come from the Muzo area of Colombia.

The colour in Emerald is caused by trace amounts of a chromophore such as Chromium or Vanadium.

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Classification of Emerald

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Crystallography of Emerald

Crystal System:Hexagonal

Other Names for Emerald

Synonyms:
Agee
Other Languages:
Arabic:زمرد
Bulgarian:Изумруд
Catalan:Maragda
Czech:Smaragd
Danish:Smaragd
Dutch:Smaragd
Esperanto:Smeraldo
Finnish:Smaragdi
French:Émeraude
German:Smaragd
Indonesian:Zamrud
Italian:Smeraldo
Japanese:エメラルド
Lithuanian:Smaragdas
Norwegian (Bokmål):Smaragd
Polish:Szmaragd
Portuguese:Esmeralda
Romanian:Smarald
Russian:Изумруд
Serbian (Cyrillic Script):Смарагд
Simplified Chinese:绿宝石
祖母绿
Slovak:Smaragd
Slovenian:Smaragd
Spanish:Esmeralda
Swedish:Smaragd
Thai:มรกต
Vietnamese:Ngọc lục bảo
Varieties:
Trapiche emerald

Other Information

Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Emerald

Reference List:

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Sinkankas (1981) "Emeralds and other Beryls".

Extra Lapis English No. 2 "Emeralds of the world"

Extra Lapis No. 22 (in German)

Ringsrud, R. (2009): Emeralds, a passionate guide. Green View Press, 250 pp.

Mindat.org articles about Emerald

Article entries:
Emeralds of the Old Plantation Mine, Shelby, North CarolinaDaniel Russell
Habach valley collectingHarjo Neutkens

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    Localities for Emerald

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