Emeralds continue to inspire hope with Gemfields and Fabergé

By Michelle Johnson | 09 Jan 2018 | Culture, Style

Luxury gem brands unveil world first emeralds with philanthropic inscription

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* Last year Gemfields unveiled a 'paternity testing' process to tag un-cut gemstones with encoded nano-particles

This week the Golden Globes' historic 'blackout' dominated headlines, with Hollywood stars including Oprah Winfrey, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Natalie Portman donning black gowns to demonstrate on behalf of women. But it wasn't the only style statement that actors wore on the red carpet. Many chose to accessorise with emerald jewellery – a perfect hidden meaning for the Time's Up movement, as the gems are said to symbolise hope, renewal and growth.

The precious gem – a particular favourite of celebrities including Angelina Jolie – is now continuing to inspire hope with the unveiling of Gemfields and Fabergé's world first emerald which is laser-inscribed with traceability information and a personalised message, for the winner of a charity auction held by Salma Hayek Pinault's mothers2mothers gala held at the actress' London home in November.

The 4.11 carat emerald-cut gem, which is an exuberant green, was mined at Gemfields' Kagem emerald mine in Zambia. Famed jewellery makers Fabergé then mounted the gem as a custom-crafted prize for the auction. The girdle of the emerald has been laser-engraved with a secret message chosen by the auction winner, and traceability information including Gemfields reference number and the emerald's Gübelin laboratory certificate reference. >>

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* Last year Gemfields unveiled a 'paternity testing' process to tag un-cut gemstones with encoded nano-particles

“Gemfields is thrilled to unveil another exciting advance, simultaneously supporting both the traceability and the romance of precious coloured gemstones," said Gemfields CEO Sean Gilbertson. "Our belief that there is a story in every gemstone is taken to a new level by laser-engraving a personalised message on a gem. We wish to thank the dynamic team at the AnchorCert Gem Lab for their assistance with this project.”

But even the most eagle-eyed gem enthusiast will need help to read the delicate engraving – the information must be magnified to approximately 20x to be legible to the eye. The romantic message echoes the mining company's dedication to traceable gems and transparency, having previously announced they would work with Gübelin laboratories to clarify a gems origins. Last year, the two companies unveiled a 'paternity testing' process to tag un-cut gemstones with encoded nano-particles, allowing the mine of origin to remain identifiable for decades to come.