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What is the difference between natural and synthetic emerald?

Emerald is considered one of the most beautiful and mysterious gems. The luxurious stone is adored by royalty and stars. The mineral is considered a symbol of power, wealth and wisdom. Emerald can change the life of its owner: it attracts good luck and protects against illness. But the magical effect is only possible if the stone is real. Unscrupulous sellers often pass off imitations as natural minerals. To avoid deception, it is important to know what a real emerald looks like, and by what criteria it can be distinguished from a fake.

What does a genuine emerald look like?

Emerald is called “green ice”. This variety of beryl has a special cold shine and a green tint. The mineral owes its grassy color to the small amount of chromium that is present in its structure. Sometimes vanadium plays the role of chromium, which affects the saturation and properties of beryl. Those who want to purchase a real stone should know what an emerald looks like and what characteristics of the mineral are key. The table will help you figure it out. Shade dull green to rich green Basis through the mineral you can see the closing edge Hardness does not break when dropped Blotches there are small vessels; inclusions are visible in the sun and under a lamp defects there are microcracks and abrasions

What kind of fakes are there?

Emeralds are counterfeited in different ways. Most often, there are four options for substitutes for the precious mineral, which are listed in the list below.

  • Imitations made from cheap stones. In nature, there are lower order minerals that are similar to emerald in appearance, but differ in physical and chemical properties. Usually the king of stones is replaced with quartz, tourmaline, chrysolite, zircon and other minerals similar in palette. Imitations of emerald can be distinguished by their characteristic brightness. Real green beryl, on the contrary, is valued for its noble, muted shade, which, combined with the shine of its edges, looks luxurious.
  • Glass. To imitate emerald, ordinary bottle glass is used. It is pre-painted in the desired color. The most offensive thing about purchasing jewelry with such a substitute is that the insert does not represent a single value. But it is easy to spot such a fake: it is usually too large, provocatively shiny and quickly heats up in the hand.
  • Doublets/triplets. Such fakes are found very often on the jewelry market. The imitation is a stone assembled from several parts (two and three, respectively). Low-quality emeralds are selected for the layers; natural stone particles are combined with cheap minerals and bottle glass. The parts that are used to create a fake are glued with a special glue or paste. Sometimes the imitation is done so skillfully that it is extremely difficult to visually distinguish it from natural stone.
  • Artificial emerald. At the end of the 19th century, emerald was first grown in laboratory conditions. Since then, technology has improved, allowing the creation of substitutes that are as close as possible to the originals. Synthetic emerald is not inferior to natural emerald in strength and performance characteristics, but natural stones are still more valuable. In laboratory conditions, it is possible to grow specimens of densely saturated color, which are as similar as possible to the most expensive and rare natural emeralds. Therefore, when buying a product inlaid with a unique specimen (according to the seller), it is important to verify the authenticity of the insert.

How to recognize a fake: practical tips

Before you buy green beryl jewelry, learn how to determine the authenticity of an emerald and master the suggested methods. Don’t rush to make a purchase. Examine the stone carefully. To do this, take a magnifying glass to the store. What exactly needs to be seen with the lens?

  • Overflow. Examine the insert in natural light. If the shimmer of a mineral looks blue or yellow, then this is a fake. It could even be a semi-precious stone that served as a substitute, but definitely not His Majesty the emerald. Evaluate the shimmer of the set stone as follows: move about two meters away from the jewelry and take a closer look at the jewelry. From a distance, the real king of stones looks like dark green velvet; it does not have shimmer or bright reflections.
  • Microcracks. You can recognize a natural mineral by its flaws. If damage is visible on the stone, then the likelihood that it is a fake is almost zero. Imitations of emerald usually look flawless, while true perfection is forgiven for minor flaws.
  • Interspersed. Examine the stone carefully under a magnifying glass and in the sun. A natural mineral may have inclusions in the form of vessels. But if bubbles are visible inside or on the surface, then you have a doublet or triplet. Bubbles are formed during gluing.
  • Edges. Evaluate the edges of the stone. The natural mineral is hard, so its edges are clear. Artificial gems often reveal themselves through irregularities and semicircular corners of their edges.

There is a simple test that can help distinguish natural beryl from synthetic beryl. However, you can’t carry out such a check in a jewelry store, but at home it’s easy. You need to lower the accessory into a glass of plain water and look at the water surface from above. If the mineral glows red, they have given you synthetics, which only have a coating of precious material.

Since it is difficult for an ordinary person to identify a natural emerald by eye, when purchasing accessories you should ask for quality certificates. They are issued by gemological laboratories. The presence of a certificate is the key to the authenticity of the stone. It is impossible to falsify such documents. If the seller cannot provide a certificate that confirms the authenticity of the insert, then you should refuse to purchase jewelry, because instead of jewelry you can get ordinary glass.

Why is price so important and what factors influence its formation?

Real emeralds are not cheap, so if you find jewelry with such minerals at a low price, this is a fake. The cost can determine not only the authenticity of the stone, but also its quality. Jewelry stores often play tricks and pass off cheap items as rare, expensive ones. They ask for fabulous sums, although in reality the stones are not worth that much money. Remember that the price depends on many factors. Four are key.

  1. Mining place. The most expensive stones are those mined in Colombia. They are valued for their rich color and minimum deformation. Among the minerals mined in India and Egypt, ideal specimens are extremely rare, so they usually cost an order of magnitude cheaper.
  2. History of the stone. If a mineral has a history, then its price increases significantly. For example, a stone that previously belonged to a celebrity will cost more than a much higher-quality specimen, but without history.
  3. Chromium content. The more chromium in the stone, the richer and deeper the color. Stones of a luxurious dark shade are valued above light ones. The only exceptions are specimens of impeccable purity: in this case, the shade fades into the background. Or maybe even on the third
  4. Inclusions. High-quality emeralds have gaseous inclusions, less often – solid ones. Their presence can only be determined using special equipment. This criterion is used to determine the authenticity of the mineral. Real specimens must have at least one type of inclusion. The more there are, the more expensive the stone.

How to determine the quality of an emerald when purchasing? Ask for the same certificate. It not only helps to understand whether the seller is offering a real mineral, but also allows you to determine whether the price of the product is too high. The certificate contains all the information that affects pricing: from the deposit to the physical and chemical properties.

The main advice that will help you not make a mistake with your purchase: contact trusted stores. One of the most reliable sellers of jewelry with stones is the Gold.ua megamarket. The online store guarantees the exceptional quality of natural minerals. This means you will definitely receive the jewel of your dreams, and not a dummy!

Laboratory emerald or, as it is often called, synthetic emerald has been known to buyers for a long time. With similar properties, you can buy an artificial emerald much cheaper than a natural one. At the same time, modern technologies allow us to grow stones in such a way that not every expert can distinguish them from natural ones. The stone, grown in laboratory conditions, is completely similar in appearance to natural emerald. The hydrothermal technology itself completely replicates the processes occurring in the earth’s crust, only it is more efficient and allows you to grow similar nuggets in a few months, when the process of forming an emerald crystal in nature takes millions of years.

Buyers mistakenly assume that synthetic materials are used during the growth process and confuse our emeralds with various types of imitations: glass, nanostal, etc. But in fact, all components are completely identical to the composition of natural stone; the basis for growth – the charge – is specially imported from Colombia for production MonteCrystal Gems Novosibirsk

Feature of MonteCrystal Gems Hydrothermal Emerald:
1. 100% similar to natural stone;
2. Flawless, rich color of the best specimens from Colombia and Zambia
3. Presence of growth lines and inclusions. We offer the buyer stones with a large number of inclusions – maximum similarity with natural stones. It is also possible to cut crystals with minimal inclusions, like the world’s most expensive emerald nuggets.
4. Large selection of shapes and sizes. Not everyone can afford to buy a large natural emerald, but purchasing a 4-5 carat synthetic emerald today is available to almost everyone!
5. Price. Since the stones MonteCrystal Gems were grown in the laboratory faster than natural ones, they cost much less.

Price of artificial emerald and other properties

It is not only the price of artificial emerald that has ensured its great demand among buyers. The natural mineral is incredibly expensive and stunningly beautiful, but, unfortunately, such a stone is not available to everyone. Therefore, there has been a great demand for cultured stones, which will have similar properties, but at the same time cost much less than natural stones.

Scientists were able to recreate the process of formation of precious crystals in laboratory conditions, which means that most people can afford to buy an emerald. Only a highly qualified specialist with extensive experience and expensive equipment for spectral analysis can distinguish hydrothermal stone from natural stone.

How to distinguish a synthetic emerald from an imitation?

Today, for many, the word synthetics has a pronounced negative meaning, but why is that so? If we approach it from a scientific point of view, there are two large groups into which artificial stones can be divided: synthetic stones and imitations.

Imitation is, in fact, any material that looks like natural stone. For example, if you cut green glass from a bottle of champagne, it will resemble an emerald in color, but, of course, only in color/appearance. Also, colorless cubic zirconia reminds us of a diamond. Cubic zirconia and jewelry glass come in a wide variety of colors, so they can not only imitate most natural materials, but also go beyond the range of colors known to gemologists.

Synthetics are a completely different matter. These are stones that were obtained in the laboratory, with strict adherence to the parameters of the natural analogue: the resulting stone has not only shine and color, but also composition, physical, chemical and optical properties, growth lines – everything is absolutely identical to the natural stone. In simple words, when you have a synthetic emerald in your ring or earrings, it is still an emerald! And when something is green, it is simply something that has an external resemblance to an emerald! The price of such inserts differs significantly.

The main types of imitations today are: glass, cubic zirconia, sital and jewelry plastic. By law, the jewelry manufacturer is required to provide reliable information about what kind of jewelry insert is in your jewelry. Unfortunately, the legislation does not distinguish between different types of artificial stones and they are all called synthetic. Therefore, many jewelry companies label our product in parentheses as “GT emerald,” which means hydrothermal emerald. If you buy only the insert (without the product), make the purchase in a trusted store. When purchasing, ask your consultant about the origin of the stone.

To avoid buying an imitation emerald, you should listen to some practical advice:

• Emeralds, which are completely transparent and cost ridiculous amounts of money, do not exist in nature;
• Almost any material has defects and inclusions, which are explained by the peculiarities of crystal formation;
• Large nuggets are very rare; If the stone is too large and there are no growth lines or inclusions, then it is 100% imitation;
• Laboratory-grown specimens have the same structure as natural stones; density and thermal conductivity also coincide. You can check these stones with the most common tester for colored stones and in its conclusion it will show you an emerald.
• Cost of the stone. Be realistic and compare offers on the market. Hydrothermal jewelry inserts are not cheap. As a rule, imitations of emerald are used only in silver jewelry and their cost is not high. Hydrothermal emerald is attached to gold and diamond jewelry, the cost of such products is much higher.

Company MonteCrystal Gems sells jewelry inserts of exceptional quality. All stones are cut and polished by hand by our specialists. We provide a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer on all stones. For exclusive stones we issue a certificate with a unique number and full information about the jewelry insert.

Hydrothermal emerald goes well with other stones; it is best combined with jewelry inserts made of moissonites or grown diamonds. You can find out how much an artificial emerald costs by calling our specialists 8 (800) 201-80-90 or from our consultant on the website.

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