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 Post subject: Emerald or paste?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:24 pm 
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Hope you are all safe and well. 4th month into quarantine and I’m struggling not to buy random jewelry online lol. Saw this listed online for 3k for per seller an “untreated Columbian emerald of 3ct” set in white gold and diamonds. I know hard to tell with photos alone, but anyone care to take a stab? Real emerald? Synthetic emerald? Glass? Paste? I see what may be an air bubble on bottom left around 7 o clock?

No report other than a local appraisal in Italian. Seller says if I send to GIA and it’s not an emerald she will accept return.

As much as I’d love to take a chance and buy the emerald ring I’ve been saving up for—this feels too good to be true to me. I feel like untreated emeralds of 3ct of Columbian origin are super rare and more like 30k and upwards. I already bought a quenched quartz earlier this year hoping it may be emerald so don’t want to repeat another expensive mistake.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:49 am 
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Why should it be your responsibility to prove what it is or isn't. It is the seller's burden.
Ask them to get a GIA identification/ origin report or pass on the purchase.

The stone looks very shallow and windowed, whatever it is.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:02 pm 
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Actually, I see nothing in the pictures that set off alarm bells about the Emerald. However, you should absolutely get a full lab report from GIA or one of the excellent Italian labs. The seller should supply this at your request. However, it would not be unreasonable for him to charge you the costs of getting this done.

As for your fear of missing out, don't let that rush you into taking risks. Stand your ground on the report.

If the 1.4 carats of diamonds are graded correctly they have a wholesale value of about $900 - $1,000. Give another $400 for the mounting and you are at about $1,400. So you would be paying $1.600 for the three carat Emerald. This is not in the range for a high quality Emerald from any source. But the picture doesn't look like a high quality Emerald either.

It seems to me that the seller is charging what the ring is likely to be worth. No great bargain, but not overcharging.

The person making the report seems to have good credentials from a good gemmological school. She should certainly be competent to make the call on her report. IT doesn't require any special equipment. However, it is not the same as a direct report from an International Laboratory.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:44 pm 
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Hi Pinkmartini,

There is a gemlab in Milan, Italy:
https://www.igi.it/

I'm sure the seller can send the ring there for a proper lab report. Check the level of clarity enhancement (if any), and if possible, what kind of filler has been used.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:44 am 
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Thank you all for your valuable thoughts! I’ve reached out to seller and asked if she would consider sending to IGI. We will see!


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