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Article: Where you must keep your Colombian emeralds after you buy them


Where you must keep your Colombian emeralds after you buy them

Colombia is known all over the world for its beautiful and valuable emeralds, which have been appreciated for centuries for its beauty and rarity. Precious gem collectors and enthusiasts consider Colombian emeralds to be a valuable investment and a sample of the country's rich geological culture.

However, when acquiring a Colombian emerald, a crucial question arises: how and where to keep it safely to maintain its value and splendor over time? In this article, we tell you about different options and tips for the proper shelter of these precious stones.

Why take care of your Colombian emeralds?

Before we go into the specific storage options, it is vital to understand why the safe protection of Colombian emeralds is so relevant.

These gems are valuable precious stones, and maintaining their original condition is essential to preserve their value and aesthetic appeal. In addition, the durability of emeralds depends on their proper care, as they are relatively fragile compared to other precious stones such as diamonds.

Scratches, blows or even exposure to certain chemicals can irreversibly damage an emerald.

Where to store your Colombian emeralds?

  • Quality jewelry and cases: The most common and safest option for storing Colombian emeralds is using jewellers and cases designed specifically for precious gems.

These cases are usually lined with soft materials such as velvet or silk to avoid scratches on the stone surface. They also have padded and separate compartments that allow to keep emeralds separate from other jewelry to avoid friction and damage.

  • Safe deposit boxes: For collectors with a considerable amount of Colombian emeralds or other valuable jewelry, considering renting a safe deposit box in a bank can be a safe option. These boxes are designed to protect their contents from theft, fires and other risks. However, be sure to choose a reliable bank with a good safety and safety record.
  • Cums humidity-controlled coffers: Emeralds are sensitive to moisture changes, as they can affect their color and stability. If you live in an area with significant humidity fluctuations, investing in a humidity-controlled chest can be an excellent decision. These chests are equipped with technology to maintain a constant and suitable moisture level for gem conservation.
  • Individual protective capsules: If you want to carry an emerald or have a portable option for storage, there are individual protective capsules designed specifically for gems. These capsules are transparent, allowing you to appreciate the stone while keeping it safe with scratches and damage.

How to take care of your Colombian emeralds?

In addition to choosing the right option for storage, there are several tips you must follow to keep your Colombian emeralds in optimal conditions:

  • Proper cleaning: Clean your emeralds gently using a soft, clean cloth. Avoid the use of abrasive chemicals or cleaning solutions that can damage the stone.
  • Avoid contact with other jewelry: Always store your emeralds separate from other jewelry to avoid scratches and friction damage.
  • Avoid impacts and blows: Treat your emeralds carefully and avoid exposing them to situations where you can hit or fall.
  • Avoid exposure to high temperatures: Emeralds can be sensitive to sudden changes in temperature, avoid exposing them to intense heat sources.
  • Certificate of authenticity: Be sure to get a certificate of authenticity when buying a Colombian emerald. This document guarantees the quality and authenticity of the gem and is important for insurance and valuation purposes.

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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