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About Emerald: Known to bring good fortune, the emerald is said to empower its owner with foresight. Its rich green hues reflect nature and symbolize fertility, rebirth and eternal love. Legends claim wearing an emerald will strengthen the memory, increase intelligence, bestow eloquence, and guard against evil spirits. Once a favorite of Cleopatra, emeralds are the birthstone for May and suggested gift for the thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and still symbolize the eternal promise of Spring. Emerald rates 7 1/2 to 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Enhancements: Although cutting is the most basic enhancement method necessary to display the beauty of a gemstone, there are many fascinating methods by which man has demonstrated his ability to draw maximum color, luster, clarity and brilliance from natures earthbound treasures. A basic understanding of these enhancement techniques will add to your appreciation of the beauty, durability and value of the gemstone jewelry you already own, or plan to purchase in the future. Many sophisticated methods are currently used to enhance the clarity of emeralds. Oils, waxes, and resins may be used to penetrate open fissures in the stones. The enhancement is safe and permanent if an emerald is cleaned gently. Oils, waxes, and resins are commonly used to penetrate open fissures in the stones. The enhancement is safe and permanent if an emerald is cleaned gently. You should assume that the emeralds sold at MyJewelrySource are enhanced unless stated otherwise. Buying an Emerald: Emeralds, among the rarest of gems, are almost always found with birthmarks, or inclusions. The most important factor to consider is color. The more vivid the green, the more valuable the emerald. Emeralds in sizes over 1 carat are considered to be important stones. At MyJewelrySource.com, we have looked extensively for the finest emeralds displaying the best balance of rich green color and few inclusions. We want you to constantly admire your piece of emerald jewelry so have taken great care to select gemstones that you will be proud to wear.Emerald care: Emeralds require special care. Do not use an ultrasonic or steam cleaner. Avoid sudden temperature changes, steaming and contact with cosmetics, hairspray, perfume or household chemicals. Clean only with a damp cloth or soft brush with room temperature water. Cleaning in hot, soapy water, solvents (even those made for cleaning jewelry) can cause them irreparable damage. Clean only with a damp cloth or soft brush with room temperature water to keep your emerald looking its best.