Emerald is one of the most popular gemstones on the market, is well known for being the birthstone of May, and the classic gift for a 55th anniversary. Recently, as couples have started to move away from diamonds for wedding and engagement bands, emerald has risen in popularity along with ruby or sapphire

What you may not know is that emerald is simply the name for this special color of beryl. For a beryl to be classified as an emerald, it must be a significant green color. There are specific guidelines on this subject, so when you’re in the market and you see a gem listed as “green beryl,” know that its coloring was either too blue or too yellow to be considered truly emerald. 

Emeralds have a rich history. They were mined by the ancient Egyptians, and valued alongside lapis lazuli, sunstone, and amethyst in the ancient world. Today, Columbia is the largest supplier of emeralds, with other leading mines centered in Africa and Afghanistan. Our emeralds are sourced from Peru-- and these specific kinds of emeralds have a unique color when compared to other emeralds. The mines these stones are sourced from are ancient, having been used since the Incan Empire! 

Interestingly enough, emerald is one of the most notable gemstones that has been successfully created synthetically. This is a great achievement towards making the market for emeralds more accessible, as synthetic options are usually less costly than high-end emeralds. 

We understand as well that there are concerns in the beading community about the ethical sourcing of emeralds. These beads, like all of the rest of our stock, have been mined and cut in congruence to our standards for humane treatment to workers internationally. 

At Dakota Stones, our emerald beads provide a rare green color to our selection, and are a perfect versatile stone to add to your designs. We’re offering them in 4mm - 10mm sizes, so don’t miss out on getting a strand or two!

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