is Emerald gemstone a good investment? This is a common question asked by many investors. Before we go into detail, let us see about emerald as a valuable gemstone and minerals. Mostly liked by the royal families around the world in the present era and also have been in the history. Ancient Egyptians used to wear it and put it always on the high rank. They called it a holy stone. The natural green emerald gemstone is still a royal and holy gemstone for people in this era especially in Europe and the Middle East. Dubai is the hot market of Emeralds for investment nowadays
Emerald is a variety of beryl. Emerald chemical formula is Be3Al2Si6O18. Its hardness on Mohs Scale is 7.5 to 8. Refractive Index is 1.57 – 1.58.
Well to know about investment in emerald is a famous question as it is the demand of people since 2013 which was named ” colour of the year 2013″. This created hype in the demand of natural green emerald gemstone. The people started investment in emerald and they got good return also. Emerald has been stone of history and ancient civilizations. It was used in Eygpt and Mediterranean regions. It has been a source of mining in Egypt i.e Wadi Sikait and also 15 kilometers from the Valley. The mining of Emerald was started first in 4th through mid- 1st centuries BC.
Why Emerald is a good gem for investment?
Nowadays, currency value is going down. Investment in gemstones can be good for you to get return instead of keeping money in banks. An example is of inflation. During boost of the American economy, most Americans were going to buy gemstones for sale and diamonds. They did not prefer to keep money in the banks.
“Emerald has been against hedging since the Egyptian time, they have been used as hedging against the inflation.”
Let us look at the comparison of emeralds as an investment with the other gemstones for sale. How natural green emeralds are best to invest in today’s market.
The top precious gemstones in colored gemstones are three i.e Emeralds, Sapphire and Ruby. Diamonds are considered as commodities along with these 3. However, diamond pricing is fixed internationally.
Emeralds among them are the most demanding by royal families. People want to wear it. However, emeralds have very common flaws. Before investing, it is good to see the quality and natural green emeralds instead of treating.
The Value of Emerald Gemstone
One Colombian emerald was sold for $5.5-millionat at Christies auction. This shows that diamonds are now no longer king of jewels. 😀 The trend is changing from the diamond to colored stones, especially to the precious gemstones for sale. The colored gemstone industry is booming day by day.
Queen Victoria’s Tiara is a famous emerald jewel. Young Queen Victoria (1819-1901) got this gift from Prince Albert in 1845. He was himself the designer of this unique piece. It was crafted by The jeweler Joseph Kitching who was Queen’s jeweler at the time. This piece contains 19 emeralds of pear shape along with diamonds in settings. It will be put in an exhibition on January 6, 2019.
Worth of Emeralds
- Columbian Emeralds go from $10 to $1000 per ct minimum. Colombian emerald ranges between INR 2,000 per carat to INR 2,00,000 per carat
- Zambian Emerald go from $10 to $500 with the minimum. 90% of them will have oil treatment for luster enhancement and fracture filling
- Zambian Emerald in India ranges from Rs. 1,000 per carat to Rs. 2,00,000 per carat or above. 90% of emeralds are commonly Oil-applied to maintain its shine
- Brazilian emeralds go from $3 to $500 per ct with 90% oil treatment
- Swat, Pakistan emeralds goes from $10 to $2000 per ct. It hardly needs oil treatment. Mostly are untreated. The reason is its color. It has usually equal hue, saturation and colour. However, clarity of Swat emeralds is very less in big sizes. The melee size swat emeralds are one of the best emeralds in the world because they have proper shape, clarity, luster and color
- Afghanistan emeralds are placed Columbian emeralds. However colour is usually low in Panjsheir emeralds but the luster is high. Some mines are producing the world top emeralds from Panjsheir, Afghanistan.
Emerald Jewelry was trend in Met Gala 2019
Key factors to keep in the eye while investing inEmeralds
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) rated the emeralds gemstones ” Type III gemstone”. It means that most of them are included. Most of the buyers look for quality emeralds with fewer inclusions. They say that it must be clean. It is difficult to find clean emeralds. They are mostly filled with oil to hide fractures and inclusions. Minor oil is acceptable in the market however green oil is strictly condemned by the industry.
Colour is considered to the among top while determining the value of gemstones. The best colour in emerald should be highly saturated shades of green with equal colour from top to bottom/left to right. The colour of Swat emeralds from Pakistan is one of the best colour in emeralds due to high saturation. However, its clarity is low in big pieces.
Columbian has covered to market due to high production of emeralds though widely demanded by the people due to the marketing of Columbian emeralds. Another part of the world is also producing emeralds but production and market are low. The emeralds from Swat, Pakistan, and Afghanistan are one of the beautiful emeralds. Unfortunately, most of the swat emeralds go to India where they sell it on the name of Columbian / Zambian or Indian emeralds.
The locations of Emeralds
- Swat / Fata Pakistan
Emeralds started to boom from 2013 to onwards. 2013 was given as “color of the year 2013″ for emeralds. This produced high demand for emeralds than diamonds. Their awareness of ” Going green” affected the prices and demand of emerald gemstones. If you are looking for investing in emeralds, go for it. It is better to buy wholesale rough emeralds gemstones from miner and cut it by yourself or get it cut from India / Thailand for cheap cutting. Than you can get high profit on it.
Recommended rough emerald dealers: http://folkmarketgems.com/