Emerald has the privilege of being one of those gemstones everyone knows about, even if they know nothing about gemstones and jewelry.
For starters, everyone knows it’s green—the precious gem is practically synonymous with the word. You have the Emerald City of Oz, a luminous green scene depicted in the Wizard of Oz. The Emerald Isle is an island of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (notably, a very green country). And there’s the song Emerald Eyes from the 1973 album Mystery to Me by Fleetwood Mac, and if you don’t know the song, well, you at least know the color of the person’s eyes they’re referring to.
Because emerald, though it varies in shades, is reliably vivid green. If you’re looking for an emerald pendant, you know you’re in the market for one that’s green (unlike other gemstones, which may come in all colors of the rainbow, or at least a few other hues).
Emerald has a history as rich as the jewelry its featured in, and just as compelling, too. You could spend days or longer reading up on all of the stories—fact and folklore—surrounding emerald.