Emerald has many special qualities, but colored stone professionals generally agree that emeralds are most of all, about color. Subtle variations make significant differences in value.
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Clarity Refers To The Inclusions
Emeralds typically contain inclusions that are visible to the unaided eye. Because of this, trade members and some consumers understand and accept the presence of inclusions in emeralds. Eye-clean emeralds are especially valuable because they’re so rare.
Carat Weight Allows For Precise Measurements
Fashioned emeralds come in a wide range of sizes. There are emeralds in museums and private collections that weigh hundreds of carats. At the other extreme are tiny emeralds that weigh fractions of a carat. Quality-for-quality, the price of emerald can rise dramatically as the size increases.