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Emerald

Emerald is the bluish green to green variety of beryl, a mineral species that includes aquamarine.

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Color

Highly saturated green color defines high quality emerald.

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Beveled corners

Emerald cuts have concentric parallel rows of facets and beveled corners.

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“jardin,” or garden.

Eye visible inclusions create an internal scene referred to as “jardin,” or garden.

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Six-sided

Emerald crystals are commonly six-sided.

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Flat-top

The tops of emerald crystals are typically rather flat.

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Color direction

The best color is usually perpendicular to the top of the crystal.

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Luis Gabriel Angarita and Edwin Molina share their experiences and perspective on the Colombian emerald industry.

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Gota de Aceite in a Zambian Emerald

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Compares PL spectroscopy data of 48 emerald samples from three countries to evaluate the usefulness of the technique in geographic origin determination.

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A firsthand look at Colombia’s emerald mines and the cutting and trading industry in Bogotá.

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Emerald with Mobile Inclusion

An emerald rough displays a large, multiphase inclusion suspended in fluid.

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