Hi Marc, This is Amazing! I've never experienced such fast shipping! I was noticed on a Wednesday that my items had been shipped, and on already on the following Monday I had the parcel at home! From US to Sweden in Europe! The Tanzanites I ordered are perfectly just what I requested! Thank you very much Marc! This means a lot for me! I will for sure recommend you further and come back for more orders! Wish you a nice day! Best regards, Queenie H. of Stockholm Sweden (bought loose tanzanites)
Hi Marc, I received my ring today. It fits perfectly, the color of the topaz is beautiful! I almost wish I had chosen a larger stone. Thank you, Mary A. of Modesto CA (bought a swiss blue topaz gold ring)
Cardy was AMAZING! It took 45 minutes. Everyone warned me that I would be without my ring for weeks, and you helped me get away from that. You have been extremely responsive and fantastic for all of this. I really appreciate you, and DEFINITELY would recommend you to anyone I can. You are very much running your business very well. Not to mention, my ring is beautiful!!! Exactly what I wanted. Katie F. of San Francisco CA (bought alexandrite engagement ring)
Hi Marc, I got my ring yesterday.. love it! Looks great! I like the way the prongs are done and the ruby is beautiful! Thanks, Brigitte L. (bought Chatham Ruby and AfricaGems made the ring)
Dear Marc, I have a confession to make. I lost my original engagement ring, a Stuller setting for an asscher cut and a cushion Chatham Sapphire. I wanted a ring that looked close to that original one. You made it happen! Actually, your mil grain work and stone setting was better than the original which was off centered. Thank you. Regards, Christine Y (bought Chatham Blue Sapphire and we made the ring)
Marc, Received the stone. It’s beautiful! We now have a new place to order stones from and feel confident in the quality! Thank You, Clayton M. (bought loose pink tourmaline gem)
Hi Marc, Thank you, I received the stone on Wednesday as you indicated. I appreciate the quick turn around time. Pleasure doing business with you and your site will be one of my top gem shopping sites after this business experience. I did enjoy the extra haribo snack. Thank you once again, Danny C. (bought a round 1 carat loose blue sapphire for engagement ring)
First diamonds are in the mail. Had gone away for a week and nobody at home dropped the mail in the box. Apologies. Picked up my pendant with the new ones and they look beautiful. My next purchase will be emeralds...Thanks, Marc. Li B (bought and exchanged enhanced blue diamonds)
Hi Marc, The bracelet arrived this morning and as you said it looks stunning and I know she will love it. Could you please send a Cert of Authenticity (Similar to the one sent for the 2 loose stones) and a full invoice for the total amount for insurance purposes at my end. If you need to send copies by post please send to, Alan H. (bought a tanzanite bracelet)
Hi Marc, I just wanted to say how delighted I was to receive the Tanzanite bracelet for Christmas. I understand from my husband, Alan, that you were extremely helpful with the making of the bracelet, it sounds like it caused a few problems at times, not least due to Alans bank! I just wanted to let you know that I am thrilled with the bracelet, the stones are beautiful and it looks lovely, so thank you for all your help! I hope you and your family had a good Christmas and very best wishes for a healthy, happy New Year. Kind regards, Sue H. (husband bought tanzanite bracelet)
Hi Marc, I just received the opal and it is gorgeous, as always I am very pleased with my purchase. I was looking at different pendants, it's a Christmas present for my daughter. I saw a multi-gem one that I liked. Item pendant 650870s. Should I order it on line or could you just do it. Also will you extend the 25 off discount on that item? Again, thanks for all your help,Terese U. (bought stunning loose black opal gem)
Good Afternoon Marc, Thank you so much selling me this amazing stone, I can assure you it will be well loved. I thought you might enjoy how much people love the blue spinel you sold me. I posted a few photos on PS last night and will likely post more in the next few days. Again thank you, I really do love it and I am wearing it even as I type this! Katherine S. (bought large blue spinel gemstone)
My wifes stone got here this morning. She was in awe of how gorgeous a stone it was. It is replacing a stone in a ring that was stolen and in our opinion we think it is even nicer than the stone it replaced. Once set we will be whole again lol. Again thank you for having the stone available and for you call concerning shipping. We will certainly recommend you to any of our friends who are looking for QUALITY stones. Doc Mc (bought loose oval padparadscha gemstone)
Hi Marc- just wanted to thank you for finding the 4.4mm size for me, and also for the quick refund on the 4mm. So glad I found your website! Cristy S. (bought loose white sapphires)
Hi Marc, I just want to say thank you so much! The pendant is so beautiful..well done! The bale also fits perfectly. I have a question about the negative ions created by tourmaline..now can one just wear it to experience the negative ions or does there have to be pressure applied to release the negative ions? I'm just curious. Thank you Dawn T (bought custom tourmaline pendant)
Marc, The ring arrrived yesterday and it is gorgeous! Thank you so much for creating the perfect piece with this sapphire. This ring will become an heirloom. Henry G (bought custom spessartite garnet ring)
Marc, Thank you so much! You may have thought it took longer than expected but we thought it was quite expedient. Thank you for continually confirming for us our decision to purchase from Africa Gems. This has been a wonderful transaction. We'll be here all day so as soon as it arrives I'll let you know. Happy Valentine's Day, Jennefer P of San Deigo CA (bought custom emerald ring & band)
I'll put them in the mail today. I want you to know that I really appreciate how amenable you have been. Your A+ rating is exactly right. I will continue to do business with you when I have other needs. My sister has also been checking out the site for sapphires based on the excellent service I received. Thanks again, Jim W.of Bangor MI (bought loose emeralds)
Will do! I'm in Denver on business until Saturday. I'll get it shipped out ASAP upon my return - next Monday most likely. Thank you for all of your help. Especially your guarantee and return policy. Made purchasing the gem online much more comfortable. Ironically, my jeweler also loosely knew your father and had a very good opinion of him. Thanks again Marc! Doug M from Camarillo CA (bought loose blue sapphire)
Marc, Your fantastic customer service makes it easy to support AfricaGems! Looking forward to surprising my wife with the Onyx ring. Regards, Michael S. from Boise ID (bought onyx diamond pendant)
Hi Marc, So far I'm very happy with the sapphire I purchased. My plan is to mount it in a tanzanite ring that I have (the tanzanite is very light in color and I've never been happy with it which is a surprise since it's also a Levian purchase). The setting has two sides with the stone suspended in between. I think the light will catch it magnificently! Thanks for checking on my order! Rita K. from Garland TX (bought Chatham emerald stone)
Hi Marc, Just to let you know that the stone was delivered today. Pitty it is dark now so can not see the true stae, but I am happy to see it here with the certs!I hope to do business with you again in the future! Thank you for you help, patience, Regards Wim D. of Dubai (bought loose oval alexandrite)
the rings have arrived they are absolutely stuning ! i thank you with all my heart and i pay no duties thanks to you THANK YOU VERY MUCH I HAVE NO WORDS TO THANKS !! Mencaglia A of Bucharest Romania (bought two blue topaz diamond rings)
Dear Marc, I just received the four turquoise gemstones that I had ordered. They are beautiful. I am very happy with the quality and will be ordering some more gemstones soon.Thanks Baljinder K. (bought loose turquoise gems)
Marc, I just wanted to let you know that I received the ring today and it’s beautiful, she’s gonna love it! Thank you again for all you’ve done. I was concerned about ordering something liker this over the internet but you’ve made this entire process very easy and your communication with me has been outstanding. Everything was exactly as you described it…perfect! David M. of Atlanta GA (bought custom Alexandrite diamond ring)
Super GEM Quality Fine Emeralds at AfricaGems See this very fine GEM grade 2.97 carat Columbian emerald for sale at AfricaGems. We specialize in finer grades of genuine loose emeralds. Notice the color (much better in person) and the very high caliber of the cutting. This emerald is bright and very clean for natural emerald.
Emerald Gemstones - The King of Green
AfricaGems is constantly working hard to bring our customers the very best in loose colored gemstones and fine gemstone jewelry. Take a look at our new beautiful, very fine quality loose emerald gemstones, mainly from Zambia and Brazil. These emerald gems are of extraordinary quality with vivid intense green color, exceptional clarity and nice cutting. We also have some very hard to source matched emerald pairsof exceptional beauty.
Emeralds - The Gemstone with a History as Rich as its Color
Emerald has been a valued gemstone for thousands of years. In many cultures it is the color that represents love, spring, rebirth and new beginnings. The eye never seems to tire of the unique color of emeralds. Many people see the color as vivid and lively with that special joie de vivre (joy of life) that never becomes monotonous. There are other green gemstones but emerald is in a class by itself. Once you see a top quality emerald, you don't soon forget the vivid brilliant green color.
The color of emerald is so pleasing and evokes such a positive response in many people that it has been associated with many things. For example, Seattle, WA is known as the Emerald City because of the lush green evergreen forest that surrounds the area and Ireland is poetically referred to as the Emerald Isles because many see the lush green countryside of Ireland as the same rich green color of emeralds. And let's not forget the Emerald City of the Wizard of Oz fame.
Emeralds are part of the beryl family which includes aquamarine (blue or blue-green in color), pale green beryl, golden beryl (yellow or golden in color), heliodor (greenish yellow in color), morganite (pale pink), goshenite (colorless) and red beryl.
The History of Emeralds
Emeralds Have a Long Rich History. Emeralds have been prized for more than 4,000 years first by sultans, pharaohs, kings, queens and rulers around the world, then by wealthy collectors. They were prized by the Moguls (Mughals) of India, Egyptians. The Incas and Aztecs considered the emerald a holy gemstone. Their history is as rich as their exquisite rich color.
The name emerald can be traced from the Greek 'smaragdos' through the Old French word 'esmeralde' to emerald, all which seem to translate to mean green gemstone. Many people have heard of Cleopatra Mines which were located near Egypt's Red Sea. The area was known as the "Emerald Mountains" long before it was called Cleopatra Mines. It has been said that Cleopatra VII (69BC - 30BC) loved emerald gemstone best of all the gemstones and that she often gifted emeralds to visiting dignitaries. It is an interesting point that those mines had been mined hundreds of years before her birth, possibly as far back as 1800 BC. Emeralds from those mines were obtained by not only the Egyptians, but by Babylonian, Roman and Byzantine cultures. Some believe that some of the "emeralds" that Cleopatra may have been in love with were in fact peridot which were also mined by the Egyptians (as early as 1500 BC) on Topazo Island, approximately 35 miles into the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. These peridot gemstones were called evening emeralds by the ancient Romans.
It is said that the Emperor Nero wore "sunglasses" made of emerald while watching the gladiator matches because he had been told, among other things, that "sight is refreshed and restored by gazing upon the stone".
The Moguls (Mughals) of India (Persia) prized emeralds and often inscribed them with sacred text and / or wore them as talismans. Several museums around the world exhibit some of these carved emeralds. Probably the largest carved emerald, 350 carats, is owned by the Programa Royal Collections in Madrid, Spain. It is carved with a floral motif and is known as the Agra Emerald.
The Mogul Emerald is a 218 carat rectangular cut emerald that is inscribed on both sides - one side with Islamic prayers and the other side with flowers. This emerald auctioned off at Christie's of London for $2.2 million in 2001. It is believed that the emerald was discovered in Colombia by the Spanish Conquistadors then passed through many traders hands until it arrived in India where it was carved.
One of the largest emeralds discovered and still around in one piece and uncut is the 'Patricia' on exhibit at the New York Museum of Natural History. It weighs in at a whopping 632 carats and was found in the Colombian Andes in 1920 in the Chivor Mine. Many famous emeralds have come from Colombian mines that have been a major source of emeralds since before the era of the Spanish Conquistador. It is said that the greedy Conquistadors were duped by the native peoples of South America into believing that a real emerald would not shatter if hit with a hammer. It appears that any many carats of emeralds were destroyed before the Conquistadors caught on. The collection of the Bank of Bogota contains 5 priceless large emerald crystals weighing between 220 and 1796 carts.
Emeralds in Myth and Mysticism
Like all valuable gemstones mystical powers have been attributed to emeralds. Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs thought emeralds a gift from the god Thoth and symbolized spring and eternal youth, could ease the pain of childbirth and were symbol of good luck. Many a mummies' throat was adorned with emerald to protect the soul of the dead and bestow eternal youth on the deceased in the afterlife.
It would not be hard to imagine that the Romans believed that emerald was the gemstone of Venus, goddess of love and beauty. Some biblical scholars point to biblical lore which says the Holy Grail was made of an emerald that fell from Lucifer's brow when he was cast out of Heaven. It is said that ancient Hindu physicians thought that it destroyed demonic influences. Some believe that it is a good stone to place in front of a statue of Kwan Yin, Chinese Goddess of compassion because it is the gemstone of the heart and universal love and compassion.
The mystic power ascribed to emerald is diverse and probably the longest list attributed to one gemstone. Emerald was used to drive away evil spirits, was supposed to preserve chastity, empower the owner with foresight and bring wisdom, give faith, success in love (including indicating the degree of love), quicken intelligence, and be a cure for dysentery (when held in the mouth). It was supposed to fight depression and neurological disorders, be an antidote for poisons and venomous bites (detoxify the blood) and prevent convulsions in children as well as being a talisman for eye troubles. Emeralds were supposed to gift its wearer with sympathy and a sense of fairness and justice, lift depression, cure insomnia, cure aliments of the heart, intestines, kidneys, backbone and lymph nodes and enhance the immune system, ward off the harmful effects of evil spirits and destroy black magic.
Emerald is the modern and traditional birthstone for those born in May. It is also the astrological gemstone for Taurus and Cancer, the Tibetan birthstone for January, the Hebrew birthstone for June. Several ancient cultures also believe it is the birthstone for those born in May. It is the gemstone for the 20th and 35th anniversaries.
It's All About Color - And That Color Is Green
Emerald green like ruby red or sapphireblue is color that people can instantly picture in their minds when the color is mentioned. But is the color they see in their mind the best color for the perfect emerald gemstone? Hue - Green is the primary hue for an emerald. The secondary hue is something that will be more of a personal preference for the buyer. Secondary hues for emerald can be blue or yellow. Yellow secondary hues will make the emerald appear warmer and blue secondary hues will make the emerald appear cooler. Both secondary hues are acceptable. Secondary hue often can help a gemologist determine where an emerald was mined. For example, Zambian emeralds tend to have a distinct bluish undertone while Columbian emeralds tend more toward a yellowish undertone. Tone - Most experts feel that emeralds should be in the medium to medium-dark range - think 70% to 80% using the GIA scale. Emeralds that are too light will appear washed out or if they are too dark (tending toward black) they will lose the vivid green an emerald should have. Saturation - Saturation ranges from "grayish / brown" to "vivid". Think of the word "intensity" when evaluating saturation. There are 6 GIA levels of saturation. Too intense a saturation will make an emerald appear black or and too low an intensity it will appear grayish. Either saturation extreme in effect destroys the hue of the stone. So look for an emerald where the intensity does not affect its vividness.
Clarity - Most beryl gemstones are classified as by GIA as Type I gemstones meaning they are usually free of inclusions. Emerald is the exception to that classification and it is classified as a Type III gemstone and inclusions are expected. In fact, inclusions in emerald are so common that they are referred to as "jardin" or garden because the inclusions look like plant life under 10X magnification. Using the GIA scale, emeralds are classified as VVS (noticeable) to I (affecting appearance or durability). Because inclusions are expected, an emerald that has a top color with a lesser clarity would be more valuable than an emerald with a better clarity rating but a lower color rating. Cut - Because the "jardin" inclusions in emeralds can affect the durability of the gemstone, the gem cutters hundreds of years ago felt they had to come up with a cut that would best address the issues. They came up with the "emerald" cut which is a rectangular or square overall shape with cut corners and what is now known as step facets. This cut was designed to handle the strain that some of the inclusions can put on an emerald. Even today with all the technology available to gem cutters, it takes a special cutter who is trained to deal with the "jardin" issues to bring out the best in an emerald. These specialists can cut emeralds into all the gemstone shapes we have come to know and love - round, princess, oval, heart shape and more and still address the special needs the "jardin" create. Carat Weight - Bigger is not necessarily better. A buyer of emeralds should balance the quality of the emerald with the carat weight. To many, a smaller emerald of better color and clarity would be more desirable than a larger more included or less vivid emerald. If someone is fortunate enough to find an emerald that is top color and top clarity they should not be surprised to find that an emerald of that caliber is more expensive per carat than a diamond of the same carat weight. Fine color emeralds over 2 carats are not available in large quantities to gem dealers so they are considered rare.
Sources of Emeralds Currently, quality emeralds are being mined in Afghanistan, Brazil, Colombia, India, Madagascar, Pakistan, Russia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania. Gemologists can determine the origin of an emerald by the color and by the type of inclusions. Emerald Gemological Report
A buyer who is considering the purchase of a loose emerald gemstone should request a professional gemological report in order to help them know exactly what they are purchasing. Grading reports may be shown using a numerical value and / or percent or be given an overall letter (B thru AAA to GEM) and description "grade" for the clarity and color - it will depend on with which laboratory the gemologist trained. There are several recognized laboratories like Gemological Institute of America (GIA - uses the numerical scale), International Gemological Institute (IGI), International Gem Society (IGS), European Gemological Center (EGC) and more. Enhancements - Emeralds have been treated with oil for hundreds of years and this treatment is considered acceptable. It reduces the visibility of the inclusions and may improve the clarity of the stone. Today's treatments of emeralds may include using resin to achieve the same results as the oil treatments. Care - Emeralds should never be put into a sonic cleaner or cleaned with anything stronger than very mild soap and warm water. Chemical cleaners could damage an emerald. Emeralds can be damaged by thermal shock so avoid situations where an emerald is exposed to extreme heat. Emeralds should be stored in their own slot in a jewelry box or in a separate jewelry pouch where they cannot be scratch by other jewelry items. Synthetics and Imitations - Buyer Be Aware
100% Natural Emerald from AfricaGems.comSynthetics - Laboratory created emeralds have been around since 1848 but have only become available to the general population over the last 60 years or so. Synthetic emeralds may or may not have the "jardin" which would identify a natural emerald. Some of the names for synthetic emeralds are Biron, Chatham, Gilson, Kimberly, Lennix, Linde, Regency and Zerfass Emerald. The Federal Trade Commission requires that all synthetic emeralds be disclosed as synthetic and cannot be represented as natural emerald. Imitations and Simulates - Emerald simulates can be as uncomplicated as glass that has been dyed green set into an inexpensive jewelry setting and then sold under names like Broughton Emerald, Endura, Ferrer's Emerald, Medina, Mount St. Helens Emerald or Spanish Emerald. Emerald imitations can be called African Emerald which is really green fluorite (not to be confused with natural emeralds from African counties like Zambia, Zimbabwe or Tanzania) or Bohemian Emerald which is also green fluorite, Cape Emerald which is prehnite, Congo Emerald which is dioptase, Emeraldine which is green dyed chalcedony, Emeraldite which is green tourmaline, Evening Emerald which is peridot or Indian Emerald which is green dyed quartz or chalcedony. When buying loose emeralds always request a professional gemological certificate accompany your purchase. Emeralds from AfricaGems.com
Why purchase from AfricaGems.com?? Quality and Selection
AfricaGems.com has one of the largest (if not the largest) selection of 100% natural emerald gemstones for sale in the public marketplace today. We carry a range of free sizes and shapes to fit just about every budget. And we carry larger sizes of emeralds in free sizes. Currently we have sizes up to 6.77 carats. We also carry a very large selection of 100% natural emeralds in calibrated sizes and shapes. Need emeralds for accent gemstones? AfricaGems.com has them. We carry round, oval and princess cut; pear, trillion, marquise, square, baguette cut in addition to the traditional emerald cut. We have it all. Certified and Natural Emerald Gemstones At AfricaGems.com - All Emeralds are 100% Guaranteed
As the birthstone of May, loose emerald gems are always a popular favorite at AfricaGems.com for their color, cut and beauty. Creating One Of A Kind Designer Jewelry starts with choosing the right loose gemstones and you'll find ours can't be beat in terms of quality and price. Making unique necklaces or eye-catching rings has never been easier, so when it comes to buying certified natural emeralds, or any loose gemstones, be sure to check out our large selection. Fine Emerald Rings - Quality for Much Less - Save on a Fine Emerald Ring Our Fine quality emerald rings can compete quality wise with anybody, even the very finest jewelry design houses that one sees on Madison or 5th Avenue in New York. Our very best emeralds our world class gems that have the best color, best clarity and exceptional brightness. Emerald Buying Advantage Program
All loose emerald gemstones sold at AfricaGems are absolutely top quality gems and come with our very unique Gemstone Buying Advantage Program which offers many features other vendors do not offer. For example, while other sellers might charge extra for 'free' FedEx delivery we offer it standard to you. In addition, we provide a no questions asked 100% guarantee with a full, complete refund. There are no hidden charges should you not be complete satisfied. The reason is we're certain you'll be happy with the quality gems you receive. So check out all we offer in loose emerald gemstones today.