HOW TO TELL IF AN EMERALD IS REAL



Do you think you may have found a real emerald? There are a few things you can do to find out! In this article, we will go over some tips on how to tell if an emerald is real.




1. LOOK FOR FLAWS


Flaws might be a deal-breaker for many gemstone consumers, but they are an important sign of authenticity. Flaws indicate that an emerald is real, and many dealers consider them a good thing. Flaws give genuine emeralds their character and unique colors that help experts identify the stone. So, if you're wondering how to tell if an emerald is real, start by looking for flaws.


Due to the different formation processes, synthetic emeralds don't have the same imperfections as natural emerald gemstones. If bubbles or discs are visible within the stone, it is likely a false emerald.



2. CHECK THE COLOR


Emerald gemstones exist in a wide range of green tones, from light to dark. However, the jewel's natural colors are pretty distinctive.


Authentic emeralds can exhibit a bluish-green hue, and this is completely normal. However, it is probably not a genuine emerald if the emerald tint contains yellow or brown tones.



3. CHECK THE SPARKLE


A genuine emerald gem does not have the same firey radiance as other gems like diamonds, moissanite, or peridot. If you hold up an emerald to a light source, it will shine but with a dull fire. However, an emerald stone won't produce rainbow flashes. If the stone sparkles and has intense fire, it is likely a fake stone.



4. LOOK FOR WEAR & TEAR


Authentic emerald gems have a high hardness rating of 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale, which means they can withstand exposure without wearing down quickly. If an emerald is faceted, check for any wear and tear marks on the facets. A stone's weak, worn edges signify that it may be of lower quality than an authentic emerald.



5. CHECK THE PRICE


Although emeralds are rare stones, there is a wide range of prices out there for emeralds. Because of this, an emerald may not necessarily be very expensive to be real. However! If you do suspect that your emerald might be fake, make sure to compare the price with similar stones on the market. If a price is too good to be true, it is most likely a fake.


In addition, synthetic emeralds are less expensive than natural emeralds but not as inexpensive as most other synthetic gems. For example, a rough estimate of a small, artificial emerald is $75 per carat. Beware of any 'authentic' emerald stone at a similar price.



6. CHECK FOR LAYERS


Some imitation gems consist of two or three layers of various materials, with a green layer sandwiched between two colorless stones. If the stone is not mounted, you can easily see these layers by submerging them in water and viewing them from the side. It's more challenging to detect this in a mounted stone, but you should try to look for strange color variations in the girdle region.



7. HAVE IT APPRAISED


The best way to tell if an emerald is real is to take it to a qualified gemologist or jewelry appraiser.
They will examine the stone using a variety of methods, including:


MAGNIFICATION:


A jeweler's loupe or microscope can help gemologists see inclusions, tiny mineral crystals used to identify a stone like an emerald.


REFRACTION:


The way light bends as it passes through an emerald can also help identify it.


 ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT:


Some emeralds will display fluoresce or glow under ultraviolet light. This ultraviolet light helps identify them, but not all emeralds do this.



CONCLUSION


Now that you know how to tell if an emerald is real, you can be sure to purchase a genuine stone. When in doubt, always consult with a qualified jeweler or gemologist. And never be afraid to ask questions! An experienced jeweler should be more than happy to answer any of your questions and help you find the perfect emerald for you.