Emeralds are a grass-green variety of beryl that are
highly valued as a gemstone. The name comes
indirectly from the Greek smaragdos, a name that
seems to have been given to a number of stones
having little in common except their green color.
Many virtues were formerly ascribed to emeralds.
When worn, the stone was held to be a preservative
against epilepsy, and when held in the mouth it was
believed to be a cure for dysentery. It was supposed
to assist women at childbirth, to drive away evil
spirits, and to preserve the chastity of the wearer.
Administered internally, it was reputed to have great
medicinal value. Its refreshing green color was said
to be good for the eyesight. The physical properties
of emerald are essentially the same as those of beryl.
Its refractive and dispersive powers are not high, so
that cut stones display little brilliancy or fire. The
magnificent color that gives extraordinary value to
this gem is probably due to small amounts of
The natural beauty of this gorgeous gemstone is
allowed to shine. The gold setting, decorated with a
stylized floral pattern, enhances the green color
without distracting from the centerpiece. This ring is
a classic, combining two of the most prized
substances known to man: gold and emeralds.