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Article: Colombian emerald laboratories in Bogotá


Colombian emerald laboratories in Bogotá

Many times we have doubts about whether the emeralds we are buying are actually natural, if they have any treatment, or in the case of not being emeralds, what precious stone it is.

To clear these concerns the easiest way is to take the emerald to a specialized gluological laboratory to be given a certificate that includes the information you want to know.

Then we will take a tour of the information you need to know before attending a laboratory and what are some of the reliable laboratories in Bogotá.

What a Gemological Laboratory Is

A gemological laboratory is an entity specialized in the identification, classification and evaluation of gems and precious stones. These facilities have highly trained professionals in gemology, which is the science that studies gems, their physical, chemical and optical properties.

Functions of a Gemological Laboratory:

  1. Gems identification: The laboratory uses various techniques and tools to identify authenticity and type of gem.
  2. Rating: Gems are classified according to their species, variety, color, cut and weight. This information is crucial to determining its value.
  3. Quality Assessment: The purity and quality of gems are evaluated, considering factors such as inclusions, color, transparency and brightness.
  4. Certification: A gemological laboratory issues certificates detailing the characteristics of a specific gem. These certificates are essential in commercial transactions and for valuable gem owners.

Gemological Laboratories Recognized in Bogotá:

  1. IGE - Spanish Gemological Institute: Although it is not specifically from Bogotá, it has an international presence and is recognized for its rigorous standards of gemological evaluation.
  2. Colombian Gemological Institute (CIGEM): Located in Bogotá, the CIGEM is known for its experience in the identification and evaluation of gems, especially those originating in Colombia.
  3. Laboratory of Gems of Colombia: This laboratory in Bogotá specializes in Colombian gems such as emerald, and is respected for its experience in the evaluation of these precious stones.
  4. Bogota Gemological Laboratory: With a solid reputation, this laboratory offers gemological certification and evaluation of diamonds and precious stones.
  5. World Gems: Although not a gemological laboratory itself, it is a shop in Bogotá that works with authentic gems and can provide information on the quality and authenticity of the precious stones.

How to take a stone to a gemological laboratory

Bringing a stone to a gemological laboratory is a process that requires care and attention to ensure accurate evaluation. Here are some steps you can follow:

  1. Identification of a Reliable Laboratory: Investigate and choose a reliable and recognized gemological laboratory. Check your accreditations, the experience of your staff and review your comments and reputation in the industry.
  2. Preparation of the Stone: Before taking the stone to the lab, make sure you clean it properly. Removes any dirt or residue that may interfere with the assessment. Do not use aggressive chemicals as they may affect the assessment.
  3. Safe packing: Place the stone in a safe case or wrap to protect it during transport. Make sure it's well protected from beatings or falls.
  4. Documentation: If you have additional information about the stone, such as its origin or any previous certificate, include it. This information can be valuable for the evaluation process.
  5. Contact the Laboratory: Before taking the stone to the laboratory, contact them for information on the specific procedures. Some labs require a prior appointment or have specific guidelines on how the stones should be presented.
  6. Safe Delivery: Take the stone to the lab personally or use secure messaging services. Be sure to follow all regulations and regulations for the transport of valuables.
  7. Results wait: Gemological laboratories perform detailed assessments, which can take time. Be patient and wait for the full results and gemological certificate to be provided.

It is important to note that when searching for the services of a gemological laboratory, it is advisable to verify its reputation, accreditations and the experience of its professionals. In addition, transparency in the evaluation process and the issuance of reliable certificates are crucial aspects to ensure the authenticity and quality of gems.

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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