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Gems — EMERALDS

What’s up with all these “new” Emeralds: Emerald Origins Revisited

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What’s up with all these “new” Emeralds: Emerald Origins Revisited

Panjshir Emeralds: these lighter minty green emeralds are mined in the Panjshir Valley in Afghanistan, and improved political relations have made these available in slightly larger quantities. My personal favorite, these gems are extremely vibrant and often cleaner than their counterparts. This website here has some fascinating videos of the mining process in Panjshir. We have some completely untreated material available in very limited quantity, and we can source more material if oil is ok.

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Why I Source Only Colombian Emeralds?

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Why I Source Only Colombian Emeralds?

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written about emeralds, but with Emerald month coming up I should return to this favorite gem of mine.  There are three well known locations for emeralds: Zambia, Brazil and Colombia.  I pretty much source only Colombian emeralds although I can get all three if needed.  Zambian emeralds are often lighter in color, whereas Brazilian emeralds tend to be very dark and have black inclusions.  I love the bright grassy green color of the Muzo mines in Colombia, and the seller from whom I source these has a larger selection of Colombian material than...

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Emeralds: Before the Oil, After the Oil, and After That

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Emeralds: Before the Oil, After the Oil, and After That

So my gemstone dealer D. and I decided to conduct an experiment.  It was an ancient one, and he’s done it before of course, but I never had: we tested how an emerald would change if it got oiled.  Oiling emeralds is as old as the hills, and it is common practice.  Most emeralds on the market are oiled – an eye clean emerald that hasn’t been oiled is a rarity.  I’ve read that cedar wood oil is a...

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