ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to buy Gemstone: Emerald

Updated on April 30, 2016

Emerald cut stones Pears and Octagon

Zambian emerald pears pair, expensive quality
Zambian emerald pears pair, expensive quality
Emerald octagon, average quality
Emerald octagon, average quality

Know it before buying an emerald

Emerald is a precious Gemstone and one has to know about it before buying. Gemstones are mysterious and difficult to get knowledge of it. It takes a lot of time, experience and training to get skills to evaluate and identify emerald.

I am giving here some tips to know and understand emeralds. I am describing here from the perspectives of customers / buyers. A layman can understand these tips before buying an emerald. You need not be an expert of emerald to buy it. However, having a general knowledge about emeralds will help you while buying an emerald, a precious stone.

Emerald is a color stone also referred as a colored gemstone. It belongs to the beryl group of gemstones. Beryl is chemically beryllium aluminium cyclosilicate. It is found naturally in nature. Beryllium aluminium cyclosilicate, when added with coloring certain agent(s) becomes emerald. The coloring agent is also a metallic oxide found and added naturally in the mines during crystallization process of the precious stone.

How to buy Emarlad: Hub challenge hub 2

Hub Challenge hub 2 How to buy gemstone: Emerald
Hub Challenge hub 2 How to buy gemstone: Emerald

Emerald gemstone

Physical properties, origins and astrological views of emerald:

Physical properties of emerald: Beryl is opaque, translucent and transparent. Beryl with coloring agent green with translucence or transparency is called emerald. The specific gravity of emerald is between 2.65 and 2.8 and its hardness in Moh’s scale is measured between seven and a half to eight. The refractive index of emerald varies between 1.56 and 1.59.

Origins: Columbia, Zambia, Brazil, Madagascar, Russia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and India are major sources of emerald. However, Columbian emeralds are considered as the best. Zambian and Sandwana (Zimbabwe) mines are also producing very good emeralds. Origin or mine of emerald plays a major role in determining its valuation. It is, therefore, advised to know about origin before buying an emerald.

Astrological Views:

Emerald is a precious stone belonging to Navratna family according to Indian astrology. The green color of emerald resembles the mercury among planets. Hence, it is prescribed for the planet mercury. Emerald is the birthstone for month May according to western astrology and palmistry.

Emerald: Rough to ready

Four “C”s of emerald that determines value of the stone

Like any other gemstone, four “C”s play a major role in determining the value of an emerald. These four “C”s are Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat weight. It is better to know about four “C”s before buying an emerald.

Cut: There are various types of cuts in the emerald gemstone. These are faceted, cabochons, beads, drops, carvings etc. Cut stones are the costliest followed by cabochons and beads. Cut stones are faceted but cabochons are plain. Beads and drops are manufactured both in faceted and plain quality.

There are various shapes in both cut and cabochons such as Oval, Octagon, Square, Pear, Heart, Marquise, and Round.

There is a special cut for emerald. It is basically octagon but called emerald cut. This cut enhances the beauty of emerald.

Clarity: Clean emerald is rare of the rarest. Gemstone emerald often has many inclusions. Black and yellow spots, cracks, micaceous, hole inside, fissure, dichroism etc are main inclusions of emerald.

More inclusions mean lesser clarity (purity). Clean is rare and fetches the highest price. Emerald with better purity has more price and with lesser purity has a lower price.

Carat weight: Bigger the size more the price. It is true for good quality emeralds. Fine quality emeralds of bigger sizes are rare. Generally, fine quality Zambian or Sandwana emeralds above 10 carats are rare. Sizes between four to seven carats for a fine quality Zambian emerald is considered as very good.

Color shades: Color of emerald varies from light to deep green.Sometimes it has blue, yellow or black tints. Light color fetches lesser price than deeper color. However, over color emeralds fetch a lower price. Generally, bright green is the costliest. Bright green with golden tint is the royal color of emerald. Blue, yellow and black tints present in emerald lower the price of an emerald gemstone. The oily green color is not also considered good.

Colombian emerald has the most pleasant bright green color. Russian emerald is normally of light color and Zambian emerald has blue tints. Bright color and transparency of Colombian emerald fetch maximum price. Hence, you can stress on Colombian origin while buying an emerald.

However, the price of emeralds does not depend too much on mines like rubies. Mines other than Columbia also fetch a very good price. Fine quality Zambian or Sandwana emeralds are also very expensive.

Treatment of Colombian emerald

Treatments of Emeralds and from where to buy emeralds

Treatments: Natural emeralds are also treated to enhance its color, clarity, and transparency. Most popular treatment is oil treatment and vacuum treatment. Natural emeralds are costlier than treated emeralds. There are some other treatments such as pressure fillings. Most of the treatments enhance clarity of emeralds. Treatments of emeralds generally do not last long. There are some other types of treatments and I will discuss them elsewhere in future. Pouring Joban (A type of oil) is a traditional and most popular treatment in India for enhancing the beauty of gemstones being followed for centuries.

Buy from a trustworthy Jeweler: Evaluating and buying emeralds are tricky things . Even experts vary in their opinions. Evaluating emerald is a difficult thing. It is almost impossible for a layman or a buyer to evaluate it correctly. Hence, the best way is to go to a trustworthy jeweler and gemstone dealer.

You can also ask a certificate before buying an emerald. There are many certification agencies worldwide. Gublin (Switzerland) is the most renowned in certifying emeralds and other color stones followed by the Gemological institute of America. Gems and Jewelry Export Promotion Council of India also run their certification lab.There are some other certification agencies you can rely on.

Above mentioned are only some tips to evaluate and buy emerald gemstone. It will help you in identifying and evaluating emerald. However, it is advised to consult an approved valuer or trustworthy gemstones dealer or a jeweler before going to buy an emerald gemstone.

Emerald: Real and imitations

Origins and cutting centers of emerald

show route and directions
A markerJaipur -
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
get directions

Jaipur is the main cutting and polishing center of emerald. Jaipur cuts highest quantity of emeralds in the world.

B markerZimbabwe -
get directions

Sandwana mines in Zimbabwe is famous for fine quality emeralds. It has very good green color with golden tint.

C markerZambia -
get directions

Zambia produces colorful and good quality emeralds. Zambian emeralds have blue tint.

D markerBrazil -
get directions

Sakota and other mines in Brazil produces large quantity of emeralds. Vivid green color of Brazilian emeralds is attractive.

E markerColombia -
get directions

Colombian mines are one of the best mines of emerald. Good quality, transparent, big size....


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • JYOTI KOTHARI profile image

      Jyoti Kothari 3 years ago from Jaipur

      Dear arun, Thanks for commenting. Pl send details.

    • profile image

      arunkumar 3 years ago

      i have a huge size natural emerald stone for send

    • JYOTI KOTHARI profile image

      Jyoti Kothari 3 years ago from Jaipur

      Transparent emeralds of larger size are very expensive in comparison to translucent..

    • profile image

      vijay pawar 4 years ago

      Hello sir I am pawar from andhra I recently found some good quality Indian origin emeralds above 15ct can u please tell how can I get good remuneration from it my mail is

    • profile image

      vijay pawar 4 years ago

      Hello sir this is pawar from andhra

      My request is what is effect on prices of large natural emerald of translucent how much price deference between transparent and semi transparent

    • profile image

      bandar 4 years ago

      I have emerald ore large for sale, please send E-mail :

    • profile image

      Ferdinand Chase 4 years ago

      The Gems brokerage industry has become intense. I suggest a government-approved agency to regulate the industry to prevent fakes and charlatans. In effect, gems are precious ornaments that has come to stay! - Ferdinand Chase

    • theastrology profile image

      theastrology 5 years ago from New Delhi

      I'm very pleased to see such informative and useful article about gemstones.

      Love to read it.

      vote up!

    • profile image

      deepak bharti 5 years ago


    • profile image

      prafull 6 years ago



      Can u advise me where i can get a real original one for a ring stone size of emerald ?

    • profile image

      dilip sharma 6 years ago

      dear sir , madam,

      i am jewellery agent in jaipur and any who is interested to buy gem stone from jaipur. i will provide them good facility and good prieses.

      my email address is Jaipurstone@Hotmail .com

    • profile image

      Rahul 6 years ago


      The details provided by you is very useful, do you know some shops name from where I can buy emerald location mumbai

    • JYOTI KOTHARI profile image

      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Thanks for your comment. Best wishes for your book.

    • lifedancer profile image

      lifedancer 7 years ago from California

      Interesting video! About 30 years ago I lived in Colombia and tried to buy some emerald jewelry while there. Seems the best gems went out of the country for sale. I just wrote a book about my experience with gem and jewelry shopping. It includes much valuable information, not otherwise easily available, and is designed to educate shoppers. It is "Enhances, Plated, Irradiated and Lab Created" and available on for $12 as a download. Don't go jewelry shopping without it.

    • masaa profile image

      masaa 7 years ago from Kenya

      thanks will definitely talk to you later

    • JYOTI KOTHARI profile image

      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Faisal,

      Thanks for visiting the hub and commenting on it. It is not possible till date to join emeralds to make it bigger. Emerald is a natural stone which forms naturally in side the earth. Any artificial attempt will make it synthetic and it will lose its value.

      Jyoti Kothari

    • worldcelebrity profile image

      worldcelebrity 7 years ago from Qingdao

      it is very good, i sell fashion wigs,Welcome to browse our website:

    • profile image

      faisal 7 years ago

      Can u please tell me is there any way to join emerald stones and making a bigger emerald stone ??? if so then how and if not what is the reason to do so....

    • JYOTI KOTHARI profile image

      Jyoti Kothari 8 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Thecelt,

      Yes, you are entitled to get best of your money and that is possible through knowledge.

      Thanks for commenting on this hub.

    • thecelt profile image

      thecelt 8 years ago

      Thanks for these great tips on buying gems. It is hard to something choose and I want the best for my money.

    • JYOTI KOTHARI profile image

      Jyoti Kothari 8 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Hp,

      I solicit your comment. You are friendly to me. Thanks for your comment on the hub and the Video of Vardhaman Gems.


      Jyoti Kothari

    • H P Roychoudhury profile image

      H P Roychoudhury 8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      I enjoyed the you-Tube of Vardhaman Gems. Thank you for sharing.