| How is the value of an emerald determined?|
|Question Date: 2018-02-02|
Emerald is gem quality version of a mineral called
Beryl. Beryl is a mineral composed of
beryllium aluminum cyclosilicate with the chemical
Well-known varieties of beryl include emerald
picture of emerald
Beryl forms hexagonal crystals. Gem quality of a
mineral means that the crystal is well formed
morphologically, has no or minor impurities and no
mechanical flaws or cracks.
That's more economics than science, since
jewelry industry inflates the price of emerald.
Emerald is a type of beryl,
there are several other varieties including
aquamarine and others. It's rare, and it's pretty,
which is why it's usually treated as a gemstone.>
Still, the price is basically how much someone is
willing to pay to buy it.
The simplest thing that would make an emerald more
valuable is its size. Bigger emeralds cost more
than smaller ones of the same quality. The green
color of an emerald is important: minerals that
have the same structure are called beryl. A
can be many different colors. Some emeralds that
are blue-green are also popular. I personally
prefer those. Darker emeralds usually don't show
the vibrant green as much, so they usually don't
cost as much. So people value clarity. No
is completely pure, but many emeralds have
impurities which you can see with the naked eye.
Gem cutters, the people who take the raw stone and
cut it into the form seen in stores, make a big
difference because they can cut gems in ways that
display certain colors better or make the stone
more durable. Really the most important idea
behind all these ideas is to try to find a stone
that looks pure, is large, and catches the eye.
Its hard to find those kinds of emeralds, and
that's why they're so valuable.
As with many other gemstones, the monetary value
of emeralds increases with increases in size.
Value also depends on color - the most
is slightly bluish green. Clarity, or how
cloudy the emerald looks, also matters. These
traits are also valued more on an unchanged
natural emerald than on a treated or otherwise
changed emerald. However, one thing to keep in
mind is that the reason gemstones cost money is
that they look nice and are rare in nature, so
rarity is an important factor in the
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