Precious Stones

Did you know that a ring with a 1 carat emerald can be priced anywhere from $50 to $5,000 depending on the quality of the emerald? This write-up will help you understand how precious stone qualities differ from each other, which quality is best for you and what you should be paying for it. Today, buying a diamond is very transparent and easy due to the standardization of all its characteristics and hence the general verification that all gemological laboratories can do very easily, affordably and consistently. Hence diamonds can be put into different categories for the customer to understand what (s)he is buying.

But buying gemstones can be trickier since they have no industry accepted standardization for the most part. Due to the high cost and no standard grading qualities, typically only color gemstones >$10,000 come with a certificate. So the question begs itself: Unlike diamonds, color gemstones do not have a perfect grading system. Hence, we along with a lot of the leading jewelers grade our Emeralds as Natural AAA, Natural AA or Natural A.

Natural AAA (Best)

Natural AAA gemstones are the top 10% of gemstones in terms of quality. They are rich green, moderately to slightly included and exhibits high brilliance. 

Natural AA (Better)

Natural AA gemstones are the top 20%-30% of gemstones in terms of quality. They are Medium green and moderately included. They are comparable to that used by leading independent/family jewelers.

Natural A (Good)

Natural A gemstones are the top 50%-75% of gemstones in terms of quality. They are Dark green, opaque and heavily included. They are comparable to that used by mall jewelers or small family jewelry shops.