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
2. CHECK THE COLOR
3. CHECK THE SPARKLE
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
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
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.