祖母綠被視為愛與生命的象徵，是五月的誕生石。 16 世紀以來，珍貴的祖母綠被鑲嵌於歐洲各國王室的皇冠、權杖與寶座上，更為之增添了一分貴族的氣質。
Emerald is the birthstone of May. It’s frequently used by European royalty, and is also loved by celebrities. High-quality emeralds are in vivid green, and evenly distributed throughout the gemstone. Since the liberalization of mining in the early 1990s, Zambia has risen to become one of the most valuable emerald sources in the world. Zambian emeralds are less fragile compared to those produced in Colombia, because they tend to have a higher iron content.
正是在贊比亞，世界領先的有色寶石供應商Gemfields 於去年10 月發現了“獅子”祖母綠“Inkalamu”，這是一顆重達5655 克拉的祖母綠，具有極佳的淨度和高度平衡的金、綠色調。Inkalamu 在Gemfields 卡棋穆（Kagem）礦區內發現，這是世界上最大的露天採礦的祖母綠礦區。
“獅子”祖母綠“Inkalamu”與 Fabergé Dalliance 系列Fabergé Lady Libertine I 祖母綠腕錶
Gemfields announced the discovery of ‘Inkalamu’ last year, the Lion Emerald, a 5,655 carat Zambian emerald crystal with remarkable clarity and a perfectly balanced golden green hue. Inkalamu was discovered at Gemfields Kagem mine.
自Gemfields 2013 年全資收購Fabergé之後，Gemfields 出產的高質量的祖母綠也被廣泛地運用於Fabergé著名的珠寶腕錶作品中。如Fabergé Dalliance 系列Fabergé Lady Libertine I 祖母綠腕錶。Fabergé Dalliance 系列
Fabergé Lady Libertine I 祖母綠腕錶
配有18kt 玫瑰金錶殼，寶石表圈鑲有46 顆明亮式切割鑽石。錶盤更有雪花型鑲嵌的578 顆祖母綠、手工雕刻祖母綠與18 顆明亮式切割鑽石。玫瑰金折疊式表扣與鱷魚皮錶帶更添華美氣質。
Fabergé Emotion 系列Charmeuse 祖母綠戒指
Fabergé Emotion 系列Charmeuse 祖母綠戒指使用橢圓形的Gemfields 祖母綠原石以及超過300 個圓形鋪鑲的祖母綠，鑲嵌於18K 黃金。濃艷而不浮華，盡顯優雅尊貴。
Gemfields’ acquisition of Fabergé aligns the world leading supplier of colored gemstones with one of the world’s most legendary brands. There are beautiful designed jewelries and timepieces from Fabergé that feature emerald from Gemfields. For example, the Fabergé Lady Libertine II and Fabergé Emotion Charmeuse Emerald Ring.
寶石專家Joanna Hardy 曾為選購祖母綠提出了許多實用的建議。她強調，挑選的時候將寶石置於光源下，多旋轉一些角度，這樣才能比較穩妥地判斷祖母綠的成色，顏色與飽和度都至關重要。另外，好的切割能最大程度地展現寶石原本的色澤，決定使用何種切割方式與寶石本身的形狀和色澤也息息相關。在購買之前，還應著重了解寶石受過的保養與加工相關的資料。
Joanna Hardy, author and jewelry specialist, shares some tips for gemstone lovers to choose their ownemeralds: The cut of the stone is very important because cutting also makes the gemstone come alive.Don’t forget to tilt the stone in all directions as sometimes the color can look vacant along some angles,also if possible view the stone in daylight. The evenness of color with good saturation is crucial.
Choose your own emeralds, and seize the vivid green in May.
Gemfields is a world leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones.Gemfields is the operator and 75% owner of both Kagem emerald mine in Zambia (believed to be the world’s single largest producing emerald mine) and Montepuez ruby mine in Mozambique (one of the most significant recently discovered ruby deposits in the world), as well as active exploratory licences in Ethiopia, amongst others.
Gemfields aims to operate in a way that contributes positively to national economies, taking a leading role in modernising the coloured gemstone sector and building lasting, sustainable livelihoods for the communities around our mines. We believe that coloured gemstones should be mined and marketed by championing three key values – legitimacy, transparency and integrity.
Gemfields has developed a proprietary grading system and a pioneering auction and trading platform to provide a consistent supply of quality coloured gemstones to the global jewellery market. These key components of the company’s business model, along with outright ownership of Fabergé ‘(an iconic and prestigious brand of exceptional heritage), play an important role in the appropriate distribution and associated resurgence of the global coloured gemstone sector.
Gemfields’ responsibly sourced gemstones can be found in pieces by world renowned luxury houses and cutting-edge designers alike.