The emerald is synonymous with "green" since ancient times. However, many other green gems can be used in place of the traditional emerald. Learn how to identify the quality and color of green gemstones. You can get to know about selecting the best green gemstones for daily wear in an engagement band by reading this article.
Gemologists evaluate color by looking at hue, tone, saturation. A green gemstone's primary color is green. However, gems can have secondary colors. Sometimes, green gems can have secondary colors of yellow or blue. A pure green hue is more desirable and therefore more expensive.
Most people prefer secondary colors with a hint or more of blue to yellowish-green stones. Although yellow-green stones are still quite appealing, they won't fetch top dollar.
Medium-dark tones are best for green colors. It is possible for darker gems to quickly turn too dark to appreciate their colors. On the other hand, lighter tones can be vibrant and bright. Gems with the most vibrant, saturated colors are most sought-after and most expensive.
The quality of gemstones can be affected by clarity. Gemstone clarity does not simply refer to transparency. It also includes natural imperfections found in all stones. These are generally less obvious in darker gemstones than they are in lighter ones.
Avoid gems with large fractures or inclusions as these are more likely to break. Gems with large, or dark, imperfections in the middle of the gem can be easily seen, so these should be avoided.