If you have your heart set on using an emerald gemstone in your engagement ring or want to create a custom piece of fine jewellery for an emerald wedding anniversary, you might not know there are many shades of green to choose from.

This exquisite precious gemstone is a stunning alternative engagement ring to the classic diamond ring with its bold green colour. We’re confident we can craft you, the perfect custom emerald green ring at Waldemar Jewellers Sydney.

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Which Shade of Green Emerald should you choose?

The most optimal emerald colour is bluish green to a vivid green hue with a tone in the medium dark range. The most sort after emerald gemstones are Colombian emeralds. Zambian emeralds and Brazilian emeralds are also a popular choice. Which hue of green ultimately comes down to personal preference, with lighter emeralds gaining popularity for fine jewellery pieces.

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Colombian Emeralds

Colombian emeralds are known for their deep green colour, which is due to the presence of chromium and vanadium in the stones. These emeralds are highly valued for their beauty and rarity and are considered some of the finest emeralds in the world.

Colombian emeralds have been mined in Colombia for over 500 years, and are also known as Muzo Emeralds. Muzo emeralds are the pinnacle of emeralds and named after this specific mine in Colombia. Having produced some of the most famous emeralds in the world. In addition, Colombian emeralds are often less included than emeralds from other countries, which makes them even more valuable. They are usually a warmer, deeper, more pure green colour.

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Zambian Emeralds

Zambian emeralds were first discovered in the 1920s, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that significant mining operations began. The majority of Zambian emeralds are mined in the Copperbelt region of Zambia, which is known for its high-quality gemstones. Zambian emeralds are often darker in colour than Colombian emeralds, and may also have a bluish or yellowish tint. They may also have more visible inclusions than Colombian emeralds, but can still be of high quality.

Zambian emeralds have become increasingly popular in recent years, as they offer an alternative to Colombian emeralds and are often less expensive. However, the value of a Zambian emerald will depend on factors such as its colour, clarity, and size, as well as market demand.

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Brazilian Emeralds

Brazil has been a major producer of emeralds since the 1960s, and the majority of Brazilian emeralds are mined in the state of Minas Gerais. Brazilian emeralds are often larger than emeralds from other countries and may have fewer inclusions, making them highly sought after.

However, Brazilian emeralds may also have a lower saturation of green than emeralds from other countries, which can affect their value. Like all emeralds, the value of a Brazilian emerald will depend on factors such as its colour, clarity, size, and market demand.

Other countries that produce emeralds include Afghanistan, Madagascar, Pakistan, and Russia. However, Colombian, Zambian, and Brazilian emeralds are generally considered the most valuable and sought-after in the world.

Emerald Gemstone engagement rings

At Waldemar Jewellers Sydney, we are wholly committed to crafting an alternative ring to your traditional engagement ring. Our team of
artisan Custom Engagement Ring specialists, place the greatest value on bringing your unique vision to life. Source the highest quality emerald gemstones for your engagement ring.

The 4 C’s of Emeralds

At Waldemar Jewellers, our proficiency in determining the quality of jewels and gemstones is one of the reasons we have earned the reputation of being Sydney’s best jeweller. When assessing the quality of emerald, we follow the four C’s; cut, colour, clarity and carat weight.

Cut: The cutter tries to maximise the colour of the Emerald and the brilliance (sparkle) of the stone. They also take into account the placement of the inclusion when deciding on the cut of each emerald gemstone.

Colour: The colour of an emerald is the most important factor when talking about emeralds. The tonal grade of an emerald is the indicator of its lightness to darkness. Medium Dark Green is the most desirable tone. A green emerald ranges in hue from yellowish-green or a bluish-green. With Intense bluish-green being the most desirable colour.

Clarity: Most emeralds contain inclusions that are visible to the unaided eye. If there are too many inclusion and too close to the surface it will threaten the structural integrity of the gemstone. Emerald clarity uses a grading system with AAA being the highest clarity. These are the top 5% of emeralds on the market. 

Carat Weight & Size: Larger size emeralds are harder to find so demand a higher price. But the colour, clarity and cut are valued more in an emerald than the size.

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