Emeralds are some of the most beautiful gemstones to be placed on a ring. Their bright, radiant green color is something that cannot be explained with words or pictures, and is left best to be first seen in an emerald engagement ring that can be held in the hand. When placed in a gold set, the deep green color very easily stands out and can be seen from across the room. This kind of beauty in a gemstone is rare, and one of the many reasons they’re quickly growing in popularity as a gemstone for an engagement ring.
One of the beautiful parts about emeralds isn’t just in their beauty to the eye, but what the gemstone is said to mean and represent. The green shows harmony, nature, and pure happiness, three things that every newlywed wants out of their perfect wedding. As you’re probably well aware by now, it isn’t the diamond or emerald in an engagement ring that counts, it is the thought and attention to detail you show to your future fiance that makes all the difference.
Picking out an Emerald
The emerald is the most important part of the set, and plenty of attention need be paid to its quality to ensure your ring is top quality. Much like diamonds, emeralds are graded by their color, cut and clarity, but include one other element, crystal.
Top quality emeralds are perfectly green, and do not include secondary hue colors like yellow and blue, which are very common colors in low quality emeralds. Also important is the depth of the green color, it should be very dark and deep, not washed out or shallow in color, as this shows the emeralds likely contains yellow hues. As deep as the green color should be, it should still be bright and buyers should avoid picking an emerald that has a greyish color to it. Grayed emeralds are low quality, and likely contain a number of inclusions and other imperfections that are visible to the naked eye.
Emeralds are very different than diamonds when it comes to inclusions and imperfections. While finding a perfect diamond isn’t all that rare, a perfect emerald would be the catch of the year! Inclusions are highly common with emeralds, and even the best stones are expected to have at least some inclusions. While diamonds are graded with the help of a loupe, emeralds are graded with the unaided eye. If no inclusions are visible, then the emerald is considered to be a flawless emerald. Is it truly flawless under the view of a jewelers loupe? No, but it is to the eye, so it earns the flawless label.
Emeralds are often treated by jewelers to give them more shine. This may include the use of oils like cedar oil to bring out the natural color of the stone. This treatment must be disclosed to any potential buyer at the time of the sale, and should not include any treatment that involves adding more color (green) to the emerald.
A grading certificate should reflect the amount of treatment that was given to the gemstone. These categories include: none, minor, moderate, and highly enhanced treatment. Two emeralds of differing natural quality may appear as both flawless stones when in fact one was highly enhanced and another was not enhanced at all. The emerald that was not enhanced would of course be far more valuable.
Emeralds can be set in a solitaire ring (only one emerald stone) or in a multiple-stone setting including both emeralds and diamonds. The setting is a matter of personal choice and discretion, and may contain any number of gemstones or diamonds suitable to the buyer.
Emeralds are most often set in yellow gold, but white gold is also used, depending on the accent stones used to make the piece. If diamonds are used as an accent, white gold settings are generally more prominent and popular, though a number of yellow gold settings are also widely-available.
Keep in mind that since emeralds are most often cut into square or rectangular shapes, you will need to purchase a four pronged setting to properly secure the gemstone in its place. Far too often do novice shoppers purchase the gemstone and setting separately, and only later find out that the setting is not suitable for the size nor shape of the gemstone they first selected.