Emeralds, a type of beryl, are inherently a fractured material. It takes millions of years for an emerald to form and part of its beauty is the characteristics of its natural fractures and inclusions. Unlike a diamond, there is no official scale that describes an emerald’s clarity, though the degree of flaws varies from one gemstone to another.
The impurities are not just accepted as the norm – they are admired. The imperfections in an emerald are described as le jardín, which is French for “the garden.” An emerald’s jardín presents its own unique fingerprint and is a reminder of its natural formation. Each fracture and inclusion tells a story that took place over millions of years in creating this rare gemstone.