Emerald Engagement Rings: How Clarity is Graded

May 15 08:41 2015 Lisa Jeeves Print This Article

While all gemstones are graded on their clarity, emerald engagement rings are judged differently, given their natural tendency towards inclusions.

Emeralds are widely admired for their beautiful rich green colour and are among the rarest,Guest Posting most expensive gemstones in the world. The majority of gemstones are valued according to their clarity – along with colour, cut and carat – but given emeralds’ included nature, it is important to understand how their clarity is graded.

Most gemstones are not flawless; most contain small imperfections known as inclusions. While they are not necessarily visible to the naked eye and often are only perceptible under magnification, such inclusions can have an impact on the price of a certain gem. Inclusions can have a devaluating effect when they interfere with the clarity of the gem, mainly its brilliance, fire and sparkle. Inclusions that don’t affect these attributes do not lower the price of a stone.

Unfortunately, emeralds tend to be considerably more prone to inclusions than other gemstones. It is not clear why this is, but the often included nature of emeralds should be taken into account when looking at emerald engagement rings. On the whole, emeralds are considered to be Type III Gemstones and follow a certain type of grading because of the notable presence of inclusions.

The inarguable highest clarity you can expect from emerald engagement rings is a VVS, Type III emerald, which is as close to flawless you are likely to see and will typically have only very small inclusions that are not easily seen with an unaided eye. The next best is VS, Type III emeralds that are described as being fairly clean except for small sized inclusions that are usually visible to the naked eye but not detrimental to the gem’s appearance.

The highest clarity grades compared with the lowest ones: I1 to I2, Type III emerald engagement rings are described as having inclusions that are centrally located or having numerous imperfections that are visible to the naked eye. However, interestingly, many good quality emeralds will be given such a clarity grade. This is not the case with I3, Type III emeralds which have very notable inclusions that are very visible and as such will likely have durability problems.

However, you shouldn’t hold the clarity of emerald engagement rings to the same standards as diamonds or sapphires. Gemmologists and jewellery experts don’t. Due to the overwhelming presence of inclusions in emeralds – estimated to occur in around 99% of all emeralds – such flaws are seen as entirely natural and normal. The colour of an emerald is considered to be far more important, and it is only when an emerald has too many inclusions, with a damaging effect on its appearance and durability, that it will be judged poorly.

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Lisa Jeeves
Lisa Jeeves

Frederick Holm writes for the F&L Designer Guides, which hosts a thriving community of independent engagement ring designers in the UK. Inspired by their journey of discovery in search of distinctive, one-of-a-kind emerald engagement rings, F&L now celebrates the works of their favourite designers and helps promote the notion of “Go Bespoke” as a more imaginative and interesting alternative to the limitations of High Street shopping.

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