COSTA SMERALDA EMERALDSTM
Egypt's Cleopatra favored emeralds as did the Moguls of India who wore them as talismans. Later, Spanish explorers discovered the fabulous green gem. The rich green hue is symbolic of the color of spring symbolizing loving and rebirth.
Costa Smeralda EmeraldsTM are named for the majestic Emerald Coast in Sardinia, one of the most breathtaking beaches in the Mediterranean. The Costa Smeralda EmeraldTM collection features meticulously matched diamond cut, gem quality emeralds pave set in Le Vian® Strawberry Gold®, accented with Vanilla Diamonds®. To create these signature pieces, Le Vian® searched the world for the clearest and rarest emeralds, looking to create a work of art. Le Vian® artisans chose the finest color and clarity natural emerald melee found in the world today and re-cut every one into a diamond-cut round brilliant-shaped sparkle of luxury. The difficult painstaking process of acquiring this quality of emeralds and re-cutting and matching them has resulted in very limited quantities that can only be supported in a handful of stores.
The lore of opals is plentiful, just like the variety of colors found in this fascinating, kaleidoscopic gem. The Romans believed it was the most powerful of gems and named the stone "opalus". The Greeks thought opals gave them the power of prediction. Europeans saw a symbol of hope, purity and truth. One famous opal "The Burning of Troy" was given by Napoleon to Josephine.
Internal diffraction is what creates the colors you see in an opal and provides its shimmering iridescence. The colors dependent on the size of the silica spheres within the stone. Small spheres show blue, the largest show red and other colors too. The value is determined by the amount of color play within the stone although for many the colors and patterns favored are personal taste.
Neopolitan Opal™ comes from only one mine - the new Yahwah mine in Ethiopia - and features an intriguing play of background colors combined with a captivating iridescence which blends deliciously with Le Vian® flavors of gold and diamonds, especially Strawberry Gold® and Chocolate Diamonds®