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18K Yellow Gold 1.65ct Natural Emerald Cut Zambian Emerald w .24ct Diamond Halo & Bail with Enhancer Bail 1.88 Grams 20x9mm
Emeralds are one of the most precious gemstones on Earth. They fall into the “big four” gemstone group, which also includes diamonds, sapphires, and rubies. While Colombia accounts for nearly 80% of the world’s emerald production, some of the most exceptional emeralds ever found come from Zambia.
Zambian emeralds are highly desirable due to their unique color and other quality-determining properties. As opposed to emeralds from Colombia or Brazil, Zambian emeralds most commonly have a bluish-green color, because of which they’re slightly darker. This color difference is because emeralds from Zambia tend to contain higher iron concentrations. The presence of the blue undertone gives these emeralds more depth.
Another aspect that makes Zambian emeralds stand out from emeralds mined in other locations is that they usually have fewer inclusions visible to the naked eye. However, this doesn’t mean that all Zambian emeralds have inclusion-free clarity. They’re also less porous and brittle than other types of emeralds.
Due to the high iron levels, Zambian emeralds have a much stronger structure.