HOW TO TELL IF AN EMERALD IS REAL


When it comes to precious gemstones, a few stand out above the rest. Diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds are all incredibly beautiful and valuable. But of these three, emeralds are perhaps the most stunning.


Of course, with great beauty comes great responsibility. If you're in the market for an emerald, it's important to be able to tell if it's real. With a little bit of knowledge, you can be sure that the emerald you're buying is the real deal.



1. LOOK FOR FLAWS


Flaws might be a deal-breaker for many gemstone consumers, but they are actually an important sign of authenticity. Flaws are evidence that an emerald is real, and many dealers consider them a good thing. Flaws give genuine emeralds their character, and unique colors and 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 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 come in many green shades, varying from pale to dark tones. However, the jewel's natural colors are pretty distinctive.


Authentic emeralds sometimes display a bluish-green color, and this is perfectly normal. However, if the emerald color contains yellow or brown tones, likely, it is not a genuine emerald.



3. CHECK THE SPARKLE


A genuine emerald gem does not sparkle with fire, as do gemstones such as diamonds, moissanite, or peridot. If you hold up an emerald to a light source, it will shine but with a dull fire. There will be no rainbow flashes emitting from an emerald stone. If the stone sparkles and has intense fire, it is likely a fake.



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 may 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


So, now that you know how to tell if an emerald is real, put these tips to the test the next time you're in the market for this beautiful gemstone! And remember, if you're ever unsure, always have a professional appraiser take a look. They will be able to tell you definitively whether or not your emerald is the real deal.