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The '''emerald''' is a variety of the mineral [[beryl]], colored [[green]] by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes [[iron]].  It is highly prized as a [[gemstones|gemstone]] and ounce for ounce is the most valuable [[gemstone]] in the world, often made more so by inclusions.
 
The '''emerald''' is a variety of the mineral [[beryl]], colored [[green]] by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes [[iron]].  It is highly prized as a [[gemstones|gemstone]] and ounce for ounce is the most valuable [[gemstone]] in the world, often made more so by inclusions.
  
In [[ancient]] times and throughout the early [[Middle Ages]], the term '''emerald''' could mean any green gemstone. [[Pliny the Elder]] mentions 12 varieties of emerald; among them are:
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In [[ancient]] times and throughout the early [[Middle Ages]], the term emerald could mean any green gemstone. [[Pliny the Elder]] mentions 12 varieties of emerald; among them are:
 
*malachite (the original "true" emerald)
 
*malachite (the original "true" emerald)
  

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