Prized for its vibrant green hue and long viewed as a symbol of fertility and abundance, emeralds are evocative of springtime in so many ways — and have been for thousands of years! While Victorian jewelry lovers are bound to be familiar with Queen Victoria’s legendary emerald tiara designed by her beloved husband, it’s truly a timeless gem.
Though the oldest emeralds were formed nearly 3 billion years ago, their mining history dates back to approximately 2,000 BC when they were discovered in Egypt. Ancient Egyptian royalty was often buried with emeralds as offerings to the gods, and Cleopatra was well known for adorning herself in emeralds and gifting them to other global dignitaries.
With the sourcing and care we give at Walton’s, it’s easy to find antique emerald pieces that will stand the test of time and become cherished family heirlooms for future generations. You don’t need to be a May baby to embrace emeralds and give your spring look a gorgeous touch of green!