What do we know about emeralds?
Emerald is one of the most sought after gems after diamonds. Like diamonds, emeralds are also priced on the basis of the 4 C’s – Color, Clarity, Carat and Cut. We know it’s green in color, its precious and that it is either sourced from Colombia or Zambia. However, most of us did not know that a fine emerald must possess a rich green color and also a high degree of transparency. Lets dig a little deeper, and find out more about this beautiful and valuable gemstone. Be careful of not getting duped by sellers since very high quality imitation jewellery is available in the market now. Read on.
Where do emeralds come from?
Finest emeralds are still mined in Colombia. Colombian emeralds are regarded as the most beautiful shining green stones without the bluish tint, which is found in many emeralds mined in any other country. These emeralds have a beautiful intense green color, so highly esteemed that obvious scars and scratches in such emeralds are acceptable for gemstone trades. Fine emeralds are also found in other countries, such as Zambia, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Russia.
Why is emerald an expensive stone?
The beautiful and fascinating green color found in emeralds make them one of the most expensive stones in the world. Like diamonds, emeralds are naturally found rare gemstones. High transparency and fine color, important criteria for buying emeralds, are rarely found together in these stones, making them expensive and rare. Emeralds always found a significant position in the Mogul karghanas, Turkish palaces and English museums. Apart from very high historical value, emeralds hold high positions in many cultures and religions. Its luminous green color represents love, springtime and harmony. Astrologically, emeralds bring good luck, good health and overall wellbeing.
Emerald – A fascinating green stone
Emeralds are soft stones and can be easily scratched and chipped. Therefore, only highly skilled craftsmen can shape the stone. The cutter has to remove inclusions in manner that will not compromise the two most sought after aspects of the stone – rich radiant color and transparency – which gave birth to the popular “emerald cut”. “The clear design of this rectangular or square cut with its bevelled corners brings out the beauty of this valuable gemstone to the full, at the same time protecting it from mechanical strain.”
Emeralds are also sometimes treated with special ingredients like resins. This treatment is done to cover inclusions and removing this agent may give the stone an unwanted matt look. Because of this treatment, emeralds cannot be cleaned like diamonds too and therefore, the stone should be removed from rings or any other jewellery before given for polishing and cleaning.
Where to buy emeralds? Be careful, very high quality imitation jewellery are available.
When purchasing emeralds, as a part of your real jewellery collection, one should always keep in mind that very good and high quality imitation jewellery (just like artificial diamonds –AD) is available in the market. To prevent being duped by sellers, always buy from a trusted source and find out if the stone has been artificially treated during the cutting process. Find out the origin of the stone, which will further help in determining the right price for it. However, if you have a limited budget, you can still purchase artificial fashion jewellery with artificial or synthetic emeralds and continue to enjoy this beautiful and glamorous stone.