Don’t even think about buying that Emerald without reading this first!
Most of us are familiar with that experience of walking into a jewelry store and falling in love with a beautiful gem at first sight. In all honesty, this should be the main factor kept in mind while buying any gem; as long as you love it that’s all that matters. Although, here are some important, quick pointers to keep handy to prevent overpaying for your favorite gem, especially if you are buying an emerald. Emeralds, much more than any other colored gemstones, will require these guidelines in order to buy the highest quality emerald for the best price.
Color is the main determining price factor for an emerald. The vanadium and chromium impurities in the emerald give it its beautiful, fine-green color. The color is made of 3 factors: Tone, Hue, and Saturation. The color grading refers to how light or dark the color of the stone is. The most desirable colors of an emerald are a pure green color or a lucid bluish-green color that is evenly spread throughout the stone and with perfect depth right in between dark and pale. The perfect merger between blue and yellow would create the perfect green hue. The color scale ranges from 0 being colorless up to 9 being extremely dark, and everything in between.
Saturation is the purity and intensity of the hue. A higher grade on the saturation scale will be given to the stone with the more intense hue.
Clarity also plays a big factor in the purchasing of any stone, especially an emerald. The amount and size of imperfections in an emerald play a big role in the price but are permitted in emeralds more than in any other gym because finding an emerald with no imperfections in extremely rare. Many Emeralds contain Jardins(French for garden) in them which are pieces of other minerals along with fractures and other flaws. To some, the imperfections make the stone authentic and tells the story of its journey from creation to the jewelry store.
The emerald cut is a special cut designed especially to protect the emerald from breaking due to its brittleness and usual imperfections and show off its luxury and beauty at the same time. The emerald cut is a step-cut in a square or rectangular shape with cut corners. Emeralds also come in other traditional cuts such as oval or princess. A professionally-cut emerald will hide the imperfections of the emerald. The “vitreous” status will be given to the best cut, lustrous stones.
The best way to clean an emerald is by using clear oil that won’t damage the color. This is accepted in the jewelry community and usually done at the mining site. Treatment info must be disclosed due to the treatment of the stone lowers its value compared to untreated stones.
Just some easy tips to consider while buying an emerald. But the main factor that should seal the deal is your overall love for the stone.