Gemstones: Green is the new black – emeralds and malachite

As a result of geography and heat pressure, the unmistakable beauty of rough (and later polished) gems and crystals, are fortuitously pre-determined by gem deposits

Take for example Malachite, with its concentric pattern alternating from green to almost-black banding. A sharp contrast from its organic-vegetable-looking rough state, is the finer beauty of the cut stone, especially in pyramidal, cabochon, or ornamental shapes.

Van Cleef and Arpels editorial shoot, Malachite Alhambra necklace and earrings.
Van Cleef and Arpels editorial shoot, Malachite Alhambra necklace and earrings.
Malachite piano - Harrod's, London.
Malachite piano – Harrod’s, London.
Malachite Victorian stand alone bath
Victorian stand alone bath, Malachite.
THE CARAT SOUP. Malachite table - Apsley House - London, 2014
Malachite table, Apsley House – London, UK (2014)

Then there is the mighty emerald. Commonly associated with traits including, wisdom, clarity, energy, youth, renewal, inspiration, and discernment.
Fans range from Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Aristotle, and Charlemagne; not forgetting the Pantone 2013 Colour of the Year. We have been enticed by this ever-appealing hue for millennia. We especially favour the pendeloque and step cut!
From Colombian green, to Zambian blue-green, the inclusions add to its special appeal.

JKO emerald and diamond ring E.Taylor emeralds galore

As sales of coloured stones soar, and based on figures from the last few decades, this is likely to be the trajectory for many years to come.