Halle Berry’s beguiling emerald engagement ring has spurred plenty of fellows to set out in search of emerald engagement rings. If you are looking for a unique token to show your love, an emerald engagement ring may be the perfect choice. Emeralds are also the birthstones for people born in May and are the tokens to show your love for 20th, 35th and 55th-year anniversaries.
Here are some things to consider when shopping for an emerald ring:
Emeralds come in a wide range of green hues, but the most valued and stunning are those that are bright green with medium to deep hues. Emeralds tend to have different hues depending on the mines they come from. Emeralds from Columbia and Zimbabwe tend to be deep green, while emeralds from Brazil are often light green and bright.
The cut of your emerald is the way your stone is shaped and modified to reflect the best surface areas. When you have a good emerald cut, your stone will glow with splendor and appear at its best.
Crystal is the degree of transparency in your emerald. The more transparency in your gemstone, the more valuable your jewelry will be. Although color is the main determining factor in am emerald’s value, crystal is also very important, as it influences the intensity and sheen of your emerald.
Emeralds have inclusions, or small flaws, which can occur internally or externally. The internal inclusions are what make each stone unique, and these inclusions cannot be seen with the naked eye. External inclusions are visible surface blemishes and may be polished or treated to make the stone look more symmetrical and even. The less external inclusions in your emerald, the more valuable it will be and the more it will shine.
Many emeralds are treated to improve their sheen and appearance before they are set in jewelry. Cedar oil is a popular treatment that boosts clarity. Sometimes other treatments are used to enhance an emerald’s appearance, and the seller is legally required to disclose any treatments that have been used. Emeralds are categorized by the type of treatments they undergo into the following groups: none, minor, moderate and highly enhanced. Minor treatments are common but beware of highly enhanced emeralds, as the stone you see will not be as valuable as it appears.