How to Shop for Emerald Engagement Rings
While not quite as popular as diamond rings just yet, rings made from this type of stone are certainly catching up quickly, keeping abreast of or even overtaking rivals such as ruby engagement rings or sapphire engagement rings.
But as with every other type of stone, shoppers browsing for emerald engagement rings should be wary of cons and scams designed to take their money in exchange for a product of a lower quality.
Fortunately for prospective buyers of this type of ring, it is relatively easy to spot these lesser products, if one knows what to look for.
When it comes to buying emerald rings, then, one ought to try to analyse roughly the same factors as one would for a diamond ring.
First and foremost, it is important to take into consideration the hue of the stone.
This refers to the purity of the colour, and big money should only be spent if the gem has few to no imperfections, and an almost completely pure green tint.
Anything less should imply a lower price bracket.
Aside from purity, couples buying emerald engagement rings should pay attention to tone.
Darker-hued emeralds tend to be more valuable than those with lighter tones and should be priced accordingly.
The best-quality emeralds will have a hue ranging from medium to rather dark.
Perhaps the most important element to scrutinize when analysing colour for emerald rings, however, is saturation.
This refers to the strength of an emerald's colour and directly affects the stone's reflective qualities.
Ideally, this factor should, of course, be as high as possible, as stones with low saturation will look flat, dull and unappealing - the opposite of what is desirable for centre settings for emerald jewellery.
Colour is not, however, the only factor to take into consideration when analysing the stone in a ring.
Cut should also be accounted for, and in this regard prospective buyers should look for cuts which reflect well.
These obviously include the emerald cut, as well as the pear, teardrop, round, oval and cabochon cuts.
In terms of quality, buyers seeking emerald engagement rings should expect inclusions (small defects in the stone), although interior ones are preferred to surface ones, as the latter can negatively affect the durability of the stone.
Clarification about oiling and other treatments should also be made, as some of these are perfectly acceptable, whereas others may harm the gem.
Carat weight is also an important consideration, as it obviously influences the price.
Imperfections are also easier to spot on larger emeralds, so couples should consider their requirements carefully before launching into a purchase.
Finally, buyers of emerald rings should endeavour to find out a little more about where the stones come from that they are preparing to buy.
This is not only due to the obvious environmental and social concerns, but also because gems from certain mines may have qualities that are more evident when compared to those mined elsewhere.
Emeralds from the Cozcuez mine, for instance, have an intense saturation, while those from the other two major mines in Colombia often possess coloured inclusions, which may appeal to couples wanting 'speckled' stones in their rings.
It is clear, then, that while there are a few things to take into account when shopping for emerald engagement rings, it is relatively easy to spot and avoid stones of a lower quality.