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Article: Don't be confused: gems that resemble Colombian emeralds


Don't be confused: gems that resemble Colombian emeralds

There are several gems that resemble emeralds in terms of appearance, color and brightness. Some of these stones are even confused with Colombian emeralds and without a detailed examination they become traded as the famous Colombian gem.

So that it doesn't happen to you, we have created a list of gems that are very similar to Colombian emeralds and we also give you some tips not to fall into the deceptions of some gem traders.

Gems similar to Colombian emeralds

1. Aquamarine: Aquamarine is a variety of beryl that has a green-blue color, similar to that of the waters of the sea. Although it is not exactly the same as the intense green of the emeralds, their appearance often makes them confusing.

2. Perdo: The dog is an intense green gem, although it can sometimes lean towards golden or brown tones. Although not as intense as the emerald green, the peridot is an attractive gemstone that is commonly used in jewelry.

3. Tsavorite: The tsavorite is a variety of garnet that exhibits an intense green color similar to that of emeralds. It is a rare and valuable gem, especially when it has an intense and vibrant color.

4. Dioptasa: This gem is usually of a bright emerald green color. However, dioptase is quite rare and is most often found in small crystalline shapes used in high-level collections and jewelry.

5. Green apatite: The apatita is a gem that can present different colors, and the green variety resembles emeralds to some extent. Its green hue is attractive and is often used in jewelry.

It is important to note that, although these gems resemble emeralds, each has its own unique characteristics. In addition, quality, color and clarity vary between individual gems, so it is essential to acquire them from reliable sources and have the advice of grove experts if you are interested in buying or investing in one of these gems.

Tips for buying Colombian emeralds and not other gems

Buying emeralds can be a valuable investment and a rewarding experience, but it's also important to make sure you're getting a genuine, high-quality gem. Here are some tips to help you buy authentic emeralds and avoid other fake or low-quality gems:

1. Previous research: : Before buying any gems, especially one as valuable as the emerald, investigate the distinctive features of this gemstone. Learn about your color, clarity, cut and weight in carats (carat weight). This will help you recognize a genuine emerald and distinguish it from other gems.

2. Buy reliable sellers: :Buy emeralds from reliable and established vendors who have a good reputation in the gems and jewelry market. You can look for opinions and comments from other buyers to get a better idea of the seller's reliability.

3. Certificates of authenticity: Make sure the emerald comes with a certificate of authenticity issued by a recognized gemology laboratory. This certificate should include information on the quality and characteristics of the gem.

4. Watch the color: Color is one of the most important factors when assessing an emerald. Look for an intense and vibrant green, typical of high quality emeralds. Avoid stones with too light tones or with yellow dye, as they are not characteristic of a genuine emerald.

5. Check for clarity: Emeralds often have internal inclusions and characteristics due to their natural formation. Look for stones with acceptable clarity, but keep in mind that it is common for them to have certain visible inclusions.

6. Examine the cut: A good cut will enhance the beauty of the emerald and give it a more attractive appearance. Look for a stone with a well-proportioned cut and no uneven edges or corners.

7. Realistic size and price: High-quality emeralds tend to be more expensive than other gems, so be price conscious and make sure they are realistic depending on the size and quality of the stone.

8. Return guarantees and policies: Make sure the seller offers guarantees and return policies, which will allow you to examine the emerald and evaluate it for yourself before committing to the purchase.

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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