That brings us to, what is an Emerald?

What is an Emerald - Lee Wasson

 

What is an Emerald - Lee Wasson

The short answer is:

A Gorgeous Green Gem

The long answer is:

The Emerald is the naturally occurring green variety of the mineral Beryl:

The name “beryl” is derived from the Greek: beryllos referring to:
a “precious blue-green color-of-sea-water stone”.

Emeralds crystallize in perfect Hexagons, (six sided crystals).

Chemically, The Emerald formula is; Be3 AL2 SI6 O18 which gives us White Beryl,  plus, and this is the secret:

What is an Emerald - Lee Wasson

Trace elements of Chromium which give Colombian Emeralds their coveted and infinite hues of green.
If we were to cook up an Emerald, the recipe would be:

  • 3 cups of Beryllium
    (found close to the earth’s surface)

  • 2 cups of Aluminum
    (found close to the earth’s surface)

  • 6 cups of Silicate (sand)
    (found close to the earth’s surface)

  • 18 cups of Oxygen
    (found close to the earth’s surface)

  • & the secret ingredient:
    One pinch of Chromium for Color
    (Chromium is found 50 kilometers below the earth’s surface)

Now…

Mix all the elements, heat to over 1.000 degrees Celsius, Pour into a calcite vein, seal tightly and place under immense pressure.

Let cool and crystallize into (six sided) Hexagonal Crystals at the bottom of the ocean for 20 to 70 million years or until the Tectonic plates push them to the earth’s surface depositing them delicately on top of what now is known as the Andes mountain range.

100 kilometers from my 5th floor office.

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Proceed to dig out carefully, (so as not to damage the crystals) Cut carefully, (so as not to lose color) set Beautifully and Enjoy!!!
Simple!!!! … Wrong!!!

Colombian Emeralds are the Precious gemstones that should never have been… why?

While Beryllium, Aluminum, Silicate (sand) and Oxygen which provide us with White Beryl are all found abundantly and close to the earth’s surface, the trace amounts of Chromium which gives Colombian Emeralds their Color is found 50 Kilometers below the earth’s crust.

These different minerals should never have come in contact with each other to crystalize into our lovely and highly sought after Colombian Emerald!
So, truthfully, the Colombian Emerald on your finger or around your neck is a Miracle of Nature! Each and every one, Unique!

So, are Colombian Emeralds a Good Investment?

Let’s see in the next Post.

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2 thoughts on “ That brings us to, what is an Emerald?

  1. Yudi says:

    Dear Mr. Lee, I want to ask If there is the simplest way to find out whether a colombian emerald is natural or synthetic without having to go to the gem lab?
    Thank you, Yudi
    Bandung city, Indonesia

    • Lee Wasson
      Lee Wasson says:

      Hello Yudi,
      All Colombian Emeralds are different.
      There are No two Emeralds with the same Brilliance, Color, Cut or the same Imperfections.
      So, if you are looking at two stones and they are the same you can assume they are False.
      Colombian Emeralds are one of the most Expensive Precious gemstones on the market today.
      The rule you can follow is: If it looks too good to be true, it usually is!
      I will be answering this question in far more detail in future blogs.
      Thank your you question Yudi!
      Lee Wasson

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