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COVID-19 Announcement

To our valued clients and friends,

In compliance with the Governor's orders, our Chevy Chase MD and Washington DC locations will be closed until further notice. Our McLean, VA location will remain open with both limited staff & hours until otherwise directed. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this brings. Please reach out to us via phone or email to make arrangements in the event you need something of an urgent matter.

In addition, we would like to invite our clients to utilize our new, limited "Concierge" service. While we are unable to maintain our day to day operations, we welcome the opportunity to try and accommodate gift requests for upcoming special occasions. Please contact us directly to discuss your needs. If possible, we can email or text you options and then arrange for pick-up or delivery.

Boone & Sons is proud to have served the Washingtonian area for over 60 years. These are new & uncharted times for all of us. Together, we will get through this and we look forward to working with you during brighter times when everything is back to normal.

The Boone Family & Staff

Emerald
May Birthstone

Emerald is the birthstone of May, and the 20th and 35th anniversary stone. Historically, emeralds were mined by the Egyptians dating back 3,000 plus years. In modern times, emeralds are mined in a variety of places around the world such as Columbia, Brazil, Zambia, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe. Arguably, the finest emeralds are from Columbia.

Emerald is a beryllium aluminum silicate variety of Beryl, receiving its colors from chromium and vanadium chemicals. Beryl is the host family of a variety of gemstones such as Aquamarine (green/blue), Morganite (pink), and Heliodor (golden beryl). The most sought after color for emerald is a medium/dark intense yellow-green to blue-green.

With a hardness of 7.5 to 8, emeralds are still classified as fragile. Most emeralds are enhanced (oiled) to improve their clarity, an accepted process ,that has been done for centuries to limit visible inclusions called "garden" or "jardin".

The Spanish Conquistadors in the 1500s , in their quest for the "green fire," brought the Columbian mines of Chivor and Muzo to the world stage. Emeralds still command some of the highest priced and prized gemstones today.

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