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Emeralds are green in color and belong to the beryl group, in which they are considered to be the most valuable stone. The color is green because they contain chromium. On the Mohs scale, emeralds have a hardness of 7.5-8. They are most commonly found in Colombia and Zambia, though they may also come from Russia, Pakistan and Brazil.

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