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Article: 7 keys before buying Colombian emeralds


7 keys before buying Colombian emeralds

Colombian emeralds are world famous for their beauty and quality. Colombia is one of the main producers of this precious gem, and buyers must be aware of certain common mistakes when acquiring emeralds.

Whether it's by buying in places of dubious provenance or simply going without any basic knowledge can be a problem when buying this gem.

Therefore, in this article we will explore the practices that must be avoided to ensure a satisfactory purchase of authentic and quality Colombian emeralds. Learning to avoid these mistakes will help you make informed decisions and fully enjoy this precious gem.

Errors when buying Colombian emeralds

1. Research on Colombian emeralds:

Before making any purchase of Colombian emeralds, it is essential to investigate and educate yourself about this gem, whether it is the most basic information. Learning about the characteristics and properties of emeralds will allow you to differentiate between the authentic and the laboratory ones. Research on emerald mines in Colombia, their locations and certifications that support the authenticity of the stones.

2. Do not buy without a certificate of authenticity:

A certificate of authenticity issued by a reliable source is a guarantee that you are buying a genuine emerald. Do not trust sellers who do not provide a certificate or offer doubtful certificates. Make sure the certificate includes accurate information about the quality and characteristics of the emerald you want to acquire.

3. Check the seller's reputation:

The seller's reputation is crucial when buying Colombian emeralds. Research on the salesman's trajectory and experience before making any purchases. Look for reviews and reviews online, as well as recommendations from reliable people in the emerald business. Avoid sellers with a questionable reputation or who do not provide quality guarantees.

4. Attention to the quality of the emerald:

The quality of an emerald is based on factors such as color, clarity, cutting and weight in carats. Don't make the mistake of buying an emerald just because of its external appearance. Examine the gem in detail, preferably with the help of a gemology expert. Make sure the emerald has an intense and uniform color, with good clarity and a precise cut that highlights its natural shine.

5. Consider the origin of the emerald:

The origin of an emerald can have a significant impact on its value and quality. Colombian emeralds are famous for their bright green colour and purity. Make sure that the emerald you plan to buy comes from a legitimate Colombian mine that can support its origin. Avoid acquiring emeralds of unknown origin or from countries that are not recognized for their production of quality emeralds.

6. Please note the fair price:

The price of Colombian emeralds varies according to their quality and size. Avoid falling into the trap of too good offers to be true, as they could indicate that emerald is synthetic or of low quality. Compare prices at different establishments and consult gemology experts to get a realistic idea of the value of the emerald you want to buy.

7. Do not assess the return and guarantee policies:

Before making any purchase, check the seller's return and warranty policies. Make sure they offer a guarantee of authenticity. This will give you the peace of mind that you can get a refund or a replacement if the emerald turns out to be synthetic or of lower quality.

Paula A. Bonilla 

Social communicator and journalist from Sergio Arboleda University in Colombia. She is also a jeweler and is passionate about constantly learning about precious gems and national high jewelry.

Currently, she is working for one of Bogotá's most important jewelry stores, Emerald by Love. This jewelry store has over 40 years of experience and has 2 physical branches in the capital city of Colombia, located in the city center.

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