An emerald is a rare gem that’s perfect for any stylish and classy jewellery collection. When it comes to antique engagement rings, vintage wedding rings or anniversary rings, however, emeralds are great alternatives to diamonds. This has been an extremely popular trend that seems to be growing stronger every year and with the summer wedding season upon us, we thought that we would take a look at this trend in more detail.
Important Things to Consider When Buying An Emerald Engagement Antique Ring
Colour And Clarity- quality emeralds are radiant and blemish-free green gemstones. For antique engagement rings, you should look for a bright green emerald with perfectly uniform colour under bright light. You need to make sure that there’s no visible imperfections. Gaps inside emeralds may cause slight discoloration and barely visible blurry spots.
Shape- shape is a crucial factor when choosing an emerald antique engagement ring. Poorly shaped gems won’t sparkle as much and they may appear less attractive visually. Emeralds are fairly tough gemstones, scoring 7.5 to 8 at Mohs hardness scale. Improper cutting techniques could cause small breakages during the shaping process. This means that your emerald could have inner gaps that ruin their visual appearances. Complex, perfectly-cut emeralds can be quite expensive. You need to choose emeralds with the best cut for your budget.
Carat- vintage wedding rings with large gemstones often look more attractive. One carat is equivalent to 200 milligrams. The greater the carat value, the bigger the emerald, so it will cost more too. A 1.5 carat emerald is adequate for regular engagement ring. Be aware that colour and clarity also affect the value. A 1.0 carat emerald with colour and clarity will cost more than a 1.5 carat emerald with slight clouding.
Proper Ring Band- a yellow gold ring band provides good contrast and an eye-pleasing accent to bright green emerald. Make sure to choose 18 carat gold for the ring band to ensure that the emerald is mounted securely. Near-pure gold is too soft for prolonged use and you may accidentally lose the gem. Alternatively, white gold (90 percent gold and 10 percent nickel) has enough strength for secure mounting. Be aware that pure silver is also not strong enough to hold an emerald in place.
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