Why You Need to Be Careful When Buying Emerald Designer Jewellery
Forest green, deep green and bright green emeralds are growing in popularity, not only as a favourite birthstone jewel but also as an engagement stone. This valuable gemstone offers an inexpensive alternative to the ubiquitous, precious diamond.
However, much like purchasing any other precious stone, emerald designer jewellery should be carefully considered. Just like money, emerald prices could skyrocket, although they are still less expensive than diamonds.
But you still need to look out for some key qualities so you could protect yourself from chipping your most prized investment.
In the event you happen to find a fancy in a flea market, you would want to make sure if it’s real or a counterfeit. To help you discern from the real and fake ones, below are a few basic information you should be familiar with before you start purchasing the May birthstone.
Composition and Structure
Emerald is a member of the beryl family of minerals. The mineral beryl occurs in different colours with the shades dependent on the impurities in the stone.
The greenish blue beryl variety is commonly known as aquamarine, while the shades of pink are morganite. Meanwhile, yellows are golden and yellow beryl, while bixbite refers to red beryl, a variety that is even rarer than emerald, the green variety and one of the most precious gemstones.
Emeralds have been prized since ancient times, to a point when it became even more expensive than high-quality diamonds belonging to the same carat weight. The green colour of the gemstone occurs when clear and pure beryl contains trace amounts of vanadium or chromium.
Emeralds are relatively hard stones with a Mohs scale rating of 7.5 to 8. However, despite its durability, you still need to be careful since the presence of inclusions and cracks could affect its durability. A sharp blow could easily chip or split your prized possession.
Folklore and History
Since 1912, emerald has been the birthstone of May. Also, it is often considered the ideal gift for the 55th wedding anniversary. Emerald designer jewellery was once worn to enhance love and contentment and promote healing. Additionally, there were also thought to enhance the wearer’s insight.
The most beautiful emeralds in the world are Colombian emeralds, with its rich grass-green colour that often comes with a touch of blue.
Quality emeralds are mined in South Africa, India, Pakistan, Russia, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan. About 4000 years ago was the introduction of Egyptian emeralds. However, they were not the bright ones we know today.
Those ancient gemstones not only have a duller green but also will not be considered of high quality by today’s standards. In ancient Egypt, mummies were often with emeralds.
To enhance their appearance, most emeralds are often treated with epoxy resins or oils, filling the surface cracks to improve transparency by making the cracks less visible. Sometimes, manufacturers make use of clearer oils, while others opt for tinted green, making the gemstones more vivid.
Although treatments have been fairly common and accepted, they should still be disclosed to potential buyers. If jewellers warn you to avoid using ultrasonic devices to clean emeralds, you better listen since this process can remove the coatings on your precious stone.
Real Emeralds vs Synthetic Emeralds
Since high-end gemstones are costly and scarce, many manufacturers have created synthetic emeralds, which are cultured the same exact way how natural ones are. These products do look like the real thing, and they’re not the only ones that have been lab-grown.
Although the chemical composition of a real and synthetic emerald is the same, there are tell-tale signs that reveal the not-so-real from the authentic one.
Among the signs are a glossier colour and a few imperfections or inclusions. Synthetic ones tend to be very clear with only a handful of hairline cracks.
Real emeralds may be cloudier and possess slight surface fissures. These also feature a more brilliant colour and display a teal to bright forest shades of green, which makes them stand out against other gemstones.
Connoisseurs note that the real ones possess more character compared with their synthetic counterparts. Reputable jewellers should disclose if the emerald you’re buying is a natural gemstone or lab-grown. So always ask if they’re natural or man-made.
If you’re the type seeking for a clearer product with fewer occlusions, then a synthetic one is your best bet. Meanwhile, if you value authenticity, colour and overall characters, then you are better off getting the real one.
As Taurus’ astrological sign and the birthstone for May, emeralds are a lovely option for designer jewellery and for people for love greenery and the exciting outdoors. They are ideal for people who love adorning themselves with gemstones of brilliant colour.