Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

One Word Photo Challenge: Emerald

“It’s just beryl,” says my husband when mineral talk turns to emeralds. Scornful like. It troubles him that precious stones such as diamond and emerald are so incredibly plentiful relative to the rarer mineral species yet they command huge dollars on the cut-stone market. You have to hand it to De Beers for outstanding marketing.

His scorn is further enhanced by the fact the perfectly gorgeous natural crystals are put under the knife or grinder and fashioned into something that is supposedly superior in form. How dare we humans suggest that we can improve upon Mother Nature’s work?

He has a point.

Since he has yet to find a good specimen in his price range, there is a gap in the collection. I expect the box labelled “Beryl, Variety Emerald” will remain empty for some time.

In the meantime, here’s a reasonable facsimile colour-wise. It’s fluorite from the Rogerley Mine in Weardale, England. The piece measures 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm

Fluorite 391_001 Fluorite 391_003

Fluorite 391_002

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In response to Jennifer Nicole Wells’  One Word Photo Challenge: Emerald

Categories: It's a Hobby, Mineral Collecting, Photography

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31 replies

  1. Fascinating, really. I had no idea that emerald is a type of beryl. Gorgeous shot, by the way!


  2. It is a bit peculiar how we’ve decided which stones are valuable and why.


    • Yes, it feels arbitrary to me.

      In the case of diamonds, De Beers must get the credit for the ad campaigns and deliberate marketing ploys that associate diamonds with love. And the catch phrase “a diamond is forever.”


  3. It looks like there’s a dog’s reflection in the last picture.??


  4. An emerald, or a ruby, or an aquamarine, by any other name, are still beautiful 🙂
    Emerald green is a personal favourite … nice choice.


  5. Looks like a football for the Jolly Green Giant to me.


  6. This is not exactly ugly, Maggie … In fact, it’s bloody stunning ! Without wishing to display too much turtle ignorance: has someone carved that shape from a rougher one ?


  7. I think the color is gorgeous. So Reiner really has a hard time with an ’emerald cut’ I would guess. How did someone decide that is the proper shape for an emerald anyway?


    • I’m glad you like it.

      I’ve never posed the question, but I’d guess you are right about Reiner’s opinion.

      As regards how did someone decide? I bet the answer is out there somewhere in gemology books. I’m guessing it has to do with the hardness and shape of the natural stone, and the equipment in use at the time. Then again, maybe some big muckety-muck had a stone fashioned and simply declared it so.


  8. Nature constantly amazes me. This green Beryl variety emerald is spectacular!
    Thanks Maggie for helping to educate me. 🙂


  9. This stone is beautiful! Exactly the color I think of for emerald. I sadly, never thought of the color existing in other stone varieties. Your husband definitely has a point, but I suppose it would be difficult to put a natural stone into a ring setting…



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