While diamonds are considered to be the most precious gemstone that can be purchased today, many other gemstones can also be purchased at considerably lower prices than diamonds. These gemstones are also often beautiful pieces of stone that can be used in an array of different jewelry – such as pairs of earrings, wristbands, necklaces and rings. Emeralds have also become a popular choice among individuals who are looking for an engagement ring that is more affordable than a diamond engagement ring but still looks really beautiful. Let’s take a closer look at emeralds stone, as well as the process that is used to determine the value of an emerald, to help you make a better choice when you decide to buy jewelry that is equipped with emerald cut diamond stones.
How Are Emeralds Graded?
Similar to how diamonds are graded by a professional appraiser when the value of such a gemstone needs to be determined, an emerald is also graded by a professional gemologist to determine the quality, grading and, of course, value of each particular stone. Just like how it is with diamonds, emeralds can also be certified by a gemology laboratory to proof its grading and to ensure the jeweler to not overcharge for the gemstone – even when it is placed in a piece of jewelry.
The four Cs of gems that are most commonly used for grading diamonds are also a popular way of deciding the value and quality of an emerald. These “four Cs” usually refer to the color, cut, clarity and carat weight of a gemstone, but, in the case of an emerald, some of the values are graded in a different way as to how a diamond’s values are graded. To help you better understand what we mean, let’s take a look at the particular factors that are considered when an appraiser grades an emerald stone. While each gemology laboratory has their own way of grading such a stone, we will be looking at a specific company, known as the Gemological Institute of America, and how they grade emeralds.
- Color – The GIA reports that the color of an emerald is one of the most important factors that are considered during the grading process of an emerald stone. The more transparent an emerald is, the higher it is valued. If the stone has tones of blue or yellow, then it is rated as a beryl, which causes a considerable reduction in its value.
- Clarity – The majority of emeralds have some level of cavities, inclusions and imperfections. This is a known fact and, if you are planning to buy an emerald, this is a fact that you need to accept before you start looking for an emerald. There are, however, emeralds that have a better clarity rating, with no imperfections visible to the naked eye, but they are much more expensive than the standard emeralds that do have some degree of imperfections.
- Cut – The quality of the emerald’s cut is also considered important during the grading process of an emerald. A higher-quality cut is often preferred, but this can increase the cost of the emerald.
Emerald stones are a cheaper alternative to buying diamonds, especially when you are looking for fancy colored diamond rings with a green color tone. These stones are also considered to be precious and valuable, and they also offer a sparkle that is perfect for almost any kind of jewelry. The problem, however, is that people sometimes act too fast when they purchase emerald diamond earrings, necklace and engagement rings which means money can be wasted if you are not educated about the particular factors that should be looked at when buying an emerald.