Emerald Gemstone

Difference Between Colombian, Brazilian & Zambian Emerald Gemstones

Last updated: November 28, 2018 at 11:56 am

Astrological Emerald Gemstones

Emerald is a precious gemstone and a variety of the mineral beryl colored green by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium. Beryl has a hardness of 7.5–8 on the Mohs scale. You can select from the range of high quality certified emerald gemstone.

Think Emerald gemstone and the enthralling green colored gemstone appears in front of the eyes. Emerald has been used in jewelry as well as a remedial therapy for centuries. Despite the fact that emerald comes from many resources the best part of the emerald in the market is made of Emerald stones from Colombia, Brazil, and Zambia.

Colombian Emerald Gemstone

Colombia, located in South America, is the country that mines and produces the most emeralds for the global market. Colombia is responsible for the 70 to 90 percent of the world’s emerald market supplies. Colombia has the greatest mindshare among consumers for higher quality emeralds. While commercial-grade emeralds are quite plentiful, fine and extra fine quality emeralds are extremely rare.

Colombian emerald
Colombian Emerald

Brazilian Emerald Gemstone

Brazil became the breadbasket for affordable emerald in the early 1960s. Brazilian Emerald Gemstone was first discovered in Brazil around 1920. Brazil has upgraded its image as an emerald mining center. The finding has made since 1980 at Itabera in Minais Gerais, Santa Teresinha in Goias, and Nova Era near Itabera are supplying the best emerald Brazil has ever produced. Indeed, top stones from these mines beg comparison to Colombian emerald.

Zambian Emerald Gemstone

When most people think of fine emeralds, they think of Colombia. Brazil is also an important source for emeralds, mainly for the mid-grade product. However, in the gemstone trade, however, another source is attracting a great deal of attention that is Zambia.

Zambia is located in Southern Africa, in a region rich in gemstones. Large-scale emerald mining began in Zambia around 1976. The color of the Zambian Emerald gemstone tended to be a more saturated greener than the Colombian emeralds.

Zambian Emerald

Let’s catch up with the differences between Colombian emeralds, Brazilian emeralds, and Zambian emeralds.

Price:

Colombian Emerald gemstone is typically the most expensive per carat/ Ratti followed by Brazilian emerald and Zambian emerald.

Color:

Colombian emeralds get their color primarily from the trace amounts of the element chromium. Brazilian emeralds get their color mainly from traces of vanadium, while Zambian’s get their color from iron.

Brazilian emeralds typically have a slight brown or gray cast and only sometimes match the pure green. Zambian emeralds often appear too blue due to the presence of iron.

Inclusions:

The type of inclusions present in emeralds also varies by their origin. Colombian emeralds are likely to have more inclusions than Brazilian and Zambian emerald.

Comparison Chart of Colombian, Brazilian and Zambian Emeralds

Attribute Colombian Emeralds Brazilian Zambian Emeralds
Price Per Carat Higher price per carat Lesser in comparison to Colombian Least Value
Trace Element Chromium Vanadium Iron
Color Difference Fine Leafy bluish Green A slight brown or gray cast with pure Green hue. Deep Green with a deep Bluish shade
Inclusions More in comparison Moderate inclusions Lesser. Better Transparency is observed.
Oil Drop effect Yes  Yes No

 

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