Emerald is a gem that belongs to the category of precious stones. By its composition, emerald is a kind of beryl mineral. Large bright green exemplars adorned the royal regalia of great rulers and are also extremely popular with modern jewelry lovers.
In the classification, you can find a description of a stone with the effect of a cat's eye and a variety of "trapiche"; these are very rare varieties. In cross-sections, trapiche crystals have sectors separated by black graphite impurities. These impurities form 6 rays radiating from the center of the crystal. Emeralds of this type got their name from the grinding wheel that used to process sugar cane in South America.
Description of emerald:
Emerald is mined in Ethiopia, Zambia, all deposits of Pakistan and Afghanistan (Swat, Panjshir, Lagman), Brazil, the Urals. The rarest specimens can be found in Colombia - Muzo Green, Chivor, Old Mine, which are sold at Gem Lovers.
Large specimens are more common than gem-quality rubies and sapphires. Therefore, finding an emerald larger than 5 carats on sale is not such a difficult task. The issues of quality and price are more important here.
Its name is translated from various languages as "green gem". But, note that not every green beryl is an emerald. It's all about what caused the reason for the shade. The content of chromium and vanadium causes the green shade of a real, true stone.
If the shade of green or yellow-green beryl is caused by iron, then such a gem cannot be considered an emerald among specialists. It will be ordinary green beryl. You can also observe additional shades of this gem: blue or yellowish in addition to the main green shade.
What determines the price of an emerald?
It is quite hard to calculate the correct cost of an emerald; expert gemologists must carry out the assessment of the stones. But it is possible to determine trends in pricing and factors affecting the cost per carat without special verification - it is enough to know the laws of the jewelry market.
The main aspects that affect the value of an emerald are:
Gems of bright saturated (not light) green tones are appreciated. Jewelry emeralds of the highest quality have an almost pure spectral green shade, sometimes with a bluish tint. Greens with a yellowish tinge are less valuable. Light emeralds or gems with a grayish tint are valued least of all. The prices for deep green emeralds will usually be more costly than lighter ones.
Jewelry emerald belongs to the type of stones, which are characterized by the content of a large number of impurities and cracks. Therefore, the assessment of purity is not very strict. The impurities are usually gas-liquid veils, which can add some "liveliness" to a pure cut emerald with their shimmers in the light. Absolutely clean large transparent specimens, without impurities and cracks, practically do not occur in nature.
The mass of the stone is the last factor. The larger the natural emerald, the higher its cost per carat. Because here rarity is already influencing - large stones are less common than small ones. Unlike rubies, sapphires, or diamonds, large emeralds are more often found in nature, although they are rare, but, nevertheless, their number on the world market is greater than the above-listed stones.
Still, the most mattering thing is that you like the emerald externally. The Gem Lovers catalog shows the best copies for which we are ready to provide any additional information. If you want another one that is not in our catalog, then call and write to us - we will be happy to search for a beautiful sample for your specific order. It is not so crucial for us to sell the emerald currently in the catalog, but it is essential to find the stone you dream of. Our experts will also help you make any piece of jewelry with an emerald stone (rings, pendants, earrings, and so on).