Pantone colour of the year: Emerald Green

This year “emerald green” has been declared the colour of the year. I should be delighted really as the emerald is my birth stone. But then I suppose turning this colour into a trend is pushing up the price of emeralds – so maybe I shouldn’t be too pleased about it.

Though it may be my birth stone I don’t think I actually personally own anything in emerald green. Green in any variation has never been my colour of choice for anything really. In my mind and in my life green is the colour of the countryside and therefore very tranquil and soothing but does not really carry any further significance. So let’s dig a little deeper into this emerald green…


The emerald is a gemstone of the berl family. It is naturally green in colour and the name comes from the original Greek name “smaragdus” which meant green gem. Emeralds are graded according to the 4 C’s just like all other gemstones, but in like the diamond where a 10x loupe is a standard use for grading, emeralds are graded by the plain eye.

Historically emeralds were originally mined in Burma, India and surprisingly Austria (to me atleast that is surprising as it’s not my brain’s go-to destination to consider when thinking of gemstone mining locations, but oh well maybe that’s just me?). Lately the main geographical location of emerald mining has however been Colombia followed by Zambia. Emeralds are often treated with cedar oil to improve clarity and most natural emeralds tend to come with fissures. Since the 1960’s there are also synthetic minerals on the market, the majority of these being created in Tairus, Russia and often known as “Colombian Created Emeralds” or “Tairus Created Emeralds”.

Emerald is regarded as the traditional birthstone for May, as well as the traditional gemstone for the astrological signs of Taurus, Gemini and sometimes Cancer.

uncut raw emerald

The ancients associated Emerald with the Greek goddess Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, it and was said to protect lovers from unfaithfulness. In addition, it was believed that wearing an Emerald would improve one’s memory and intelligence, enabling one to think clearly about the past, present, and future.

For some the emerald acts as a tranquilizer for a troubled mind. The emerald is said to bring the wearer reason and wisdom. The strongest time for the powers of the emerald is said to be spring. Emerald is known as the “stone of successful love”.  It brings loyalty and provides for domestic bliss.  It enhances unconditional love, unity and promotes friendship.  Keeps partnerships in balance and can signal unfaithfulness if it changes colour.  Emerald stimulates the heart chakra, having a healing effect on the emotions as well as the physical heart.

cut emerald