How do I know if I have an emerald?
Examine the inclusions.
Look for these under a gem microscope if possible, or through a jeweler’s loupe: If you see a “pocket” in the gem that contains both gas bubbles and crystals, you have a natural emerald. This is called a “three phase inclusion.”
How much is a real emerald worth?
Emeralds can range from less than $1 a carat to $100,000 a carat. Any gem has a wide range of quality, from opaque and only suitable for carving to transparent, well-colored and making auction houses grin.
Do emeralds chip easily?
Yes. Like all stones (yes, even diamonds!) Emeralds can crack or chip if struck. Because many Emeralds have surface-reaching inclusions, cracks can occur more easily.
What do emeralds look like in the ground?
Raw emeralds, like cut emeralds, are all green, but the shade of green varies from blue-green to pale yellow-green to a rich forest green. Like cut emeralds, raw emeralds can be transparent or translucent, a quality that is sometimes called clarity but in the gem trade is referred to as diaphaneity.
Are emeralds cold to the touch?
Real emerald, when placed on your eye, feels cold whereas fake emerald will soon become warm to the touch of your eye.
Should emerald be dark or light?
When it comes to emerald, many people expect a deep, dark green. But often, the stone they fall in love with is much lighter! Lighter gems reflect more light, making them livelier, and most people prefer them to a darker green with less brilliance.