Emeralds – real or fake ?
emerald Jewellery is always a welcome gift and is always appreciated both as a gift and as a thought its also a great birthday gift.
Attactive women have always looked and felt better when wearing a new present of Gold and emeralds
Are those emeralds - real or fake ?
Sometimes when you are looking at an emerald ring or earrins you can be easily confused between real gemstones and laboratory created stones.(known in the jewellery trade as lab stones)
ONE OF THE EASY WAYS TO TELL A FAKE IS THAT THEY LOOK JUST TOO GOOD !
EMERALDS are a variety of Beryl. --a nd the gorgeous green color is from traces of either chromium (real) or vanadium (lab). Fakes or lab created emeralds are nearly always just too perfect - mined emeralds always have inclusions (faults within the stone very similar to those you will see in real diamonds) and emerald prices change acording to the color,clarity and inclusions.
Emeralds were very popular in rings and pendants in medieval times and you will often in paintings from that era - notably of Royalty like Quen Elizabeth 1st and Spanish Royalty and the wives of rich merchants.
Emerald jewellery from that time and later sometimes had emeralds as big as pigeons eggs surrounded by freshwater pearls - a stunning combination sometimes used until pre-war times.
Emeralds, in a similar way to all colored gemstones, are graded using four basic parameters – these are: Color, Cut, Clarity and Crystal.
The last C, crystal is simply used as a synonym that begins with C for transparency or what gemologists call diaphaneity.
Before the 20th century, jewelers used the term water as in "a gem of the finest water" to see the combination of two qualities, color and crystathese are the first thing to look for.
Normally,, color is by far the most important crteria. But when grading an emerald, crystal is considered a close second. Both of these qualities are necessary conditions.
A true emerald must have a pure verdant green hue as described like the one illustrated, but also has to have high degree of transparency to be a really important gem.
BEWARE THOUGH OF VANADIUM EMERALDS - these are often heat treated or oiled to minimize surface cracks.
Look out for emeralds having been treated or oiled with green tinted oil - as these are not worthwhile but often sold cheaply on the internet with worthless vakuation certificates..
Where do real emeralds come from - mostly Colombia and Zambia but emeralds are found in unexpected countries like France, Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Russian emeralds sold on the internet are often synthetic or lab produced emeralds.
The largest manufacturer of hydrothermal emeralds today is Taurus in Russia.
Taurus have succeeded in synthesizing emeralds that have very similar chemical composition as the emeralds to be found in alkaline deposits in Colombia, so they are known as “Colombian Created Emeralds” or alternatively as “Tairus Created Emeralds”
Emeralds are regarded as the traditional birthstone for May, and are also the traditional gemstone for the astrological signs of Taurus, Cancer and Gemini. So Emeralds make a very suitable gift for people born under those signs.
While these are often used in costume jewelery, be careful about paying too much for them as cheaper emeralds are nearly always lab created.