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Article: What to do if my Colombian emerald lost color


What to do if my Colombian emerald lost color

Emeralds are gems beautifully known for their amazing green colour and unique brilliance. They are symbols of luxury, beauty and wealth, but like any other valuable object, they also require adequate care and attention.

One of the most common concerns among emerald lovers is what happens when these beautiful gems are unloaded. In this article, we will explain exactly what an emerald means to download, the possible causes behind this phenomenon, and, most importantly, what you can do to preserve, load and keep your emeralds in perfect condition.

What does it mean for a Colombian emerald to be downloaded?

When we talk about an emerald being downloaded, we mean that it loses some of its characteristic brightness and glitter. Emeralds are a variety of beryl ore, and their green color comes mainly from traces of chrome and vanadium.

When an emerald is downloaded, it may seem more opaque and lose its vivacity, which negatively affects its beauty and value. There are several reasons why an emerald may lose its brightness and vibration, some of which are:

1. Inappropriate cleaning: Using abrasive cleaning products or inappropriate techniques can damage the emerald surface and cause it to lose its natural shine.

2. Exposure to chemicals: Emeralds are sensitive to aggressive chemicals, such as those present in some cleaning products, lotions, perfumes and hair products. Prolonged exposure to these products can damage the gem and reduce its brightness.

3. Beats and scratches: Emeralds are relatively more fragile than other gems and can be scratched or easily broken if not handled carefully.

4. Dirt accumulation: Dust, oil and other waste can accumulate on the surface of the emerald over time, which affects its brightness.

5. Temperature changes: abruptly Exposing an emerald to extreme temperature changes can cause internal tensions and cause it to break or lose its brightness.

How to preserve your Colombian emeralds

To keep your emeralds in optimal condition, consider following these tips:

1. Proper cleaning: Use only warm water and a soft cloth to clean your emeralds. Avoid the use of chemical cleaners or steam cleaning solutions.

2. Safe Storage: Save your emeralds separately from other jewelry to avoid scratches. You can wrap them in soft cloths or store them in padded cases.

3. Avoid contact with chemicals: Remove your emerald jewelry before using aggressive chemicals and cosmetics.

4. Regular inspection: Examine your emeralds periodically to detect any damage or accumulation of dirt and, if necessary, take you to a professional jeweler for cleaning and maintenance.

5. Avoid sudden temperature changes: Try not to expose your emeralds to extreme temperature changes to avoid internal tensions that may affect the integrity of the gem.

How to carry a Colombian emerald?

In the context of emeralds, the term "load" refers to restoring or improving the gem's brightness and color. To load an emerald, follow these steps:

1. Starting cleaning: Before loading an emerald, make sure it is clean and free of dirt and fat. Use a soft cloth and warm water to clean it carefully.

2. Exhibition to indirect sunlight: Indirect sunlight can help improve the color and brightness of an emerald. Place the gem in a place where you receive indirect sunlight for a few hours.

3. Rest on a quartz surface: Some believe that placing an emerald on a quartz surface overnight can recharge your energy and improve your appearance.

4. Programming with intent: Some people believe in crystal programming, where intention is focused on stone while being loaded, attributing specific properties to emerald.

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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