Gemstones & Pearls:News
Unmasking the Flaws
Not many people, including some gem dealers, know what emeralds look
like naturally because most get some degree of enhancement at the source.
For this reason, Arthur Groom & Co., an emerald dealer based in New York
City, advises showing consumers a natural emerald and fully disclosing enhanced
In this photo, Groom found what he says are comparably included emeralds
before and after enhancement with his Groom-Gematrat filler. Though
not all emeralds accept enhancement the same way, these examples reflect
the way average emeralds accept it.
These emeralds contain comparable light inclusions and will look similar
after enhancement. The enhancement is much less dramatic here than with
heavily included emeralds. Groom expects prices for emeralds with relatively
few inclusions and lighter enhancement to rise.
The change is more dramatic in these emeralds, which have comparable
The most dramatic change occurs in emeralds with significant surface-reaching
fissures. The classification system Groom is developing will indicate that
despite the improved appearance, these emeralds have a lower value because
of the inclusions.
Emeralds courtesy of Arthur Groom & Co., New York City.
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