fortune hunters mine them.
geologists classify them by their organic or inorganic genes.
gemologists categorize them in strict pedigree.
scientists use chemicals and computers to date them.
jewelers set them.
lapidaries devote their lives to them.
faith healers and fortune tellers provide guide posts to hither cosmic powers and occult properties.
wearers simply excult in belief or ecstasy.
this is the magic of emeralds.
an emerald is a pure and tangible concentrate of value which never loses its appeal whether as an ornamental object, a collectors item, or simply an investment.
a fabric of subjective and objective properties,
fact and fantasy, sensations and fashions,
superstition and reality;
celebrated by poets and studied by scientists,
depicted by artists and worn by the fair sex,
symbol of power and wealth,
product of the miners toil and the craftsman's skill...
an emerald is all this - something which has defied the passage of time and will surely continue to fascinate future generations: a thing of beauty.