Emeralds are one of the most expensive gemstones and are rarer than diamonds. They are popular gems that are used in jewelry because of their attractive and eye-catching green. If you are looking to pawn emeralds, you might want to know a bit more about them to understand their value.
Because emeralds are rare and popular, there is a large proportion of emeralds that are sold in retailers that are synthetic. These emeralds are man-made in a lab and not mined and are worth a lot less. So, knowing what type of emerald you have is crucial to its value.
How is an emerald valued?
Most appraisers will assess emeralds using the system of the 4Cs to determine their value which is also used to assess the value of diamonds. These 4Cs are:
Color – The color of the gem is an important determining factor. The darker the color, the greater the value of the emerald. The appraiser will also be looking for the purity of the color hue, saturation and depth.
Cut – The cut of the emerald is also significant and the appraiser will be looking for two things – the smoothness of the gem surface and its ability to reflect light. The superior-cut emeralds will reflect light better.
Clarity – The condition of the emerald both in terms of how clear it is and any damage or flaws. This could include abrasions, scratches or inclusions as these will adversely impact the value.
Carat – The size and weight of the emerald, but this is important to factor in with the other Cs. A smaller delicate and darker emerald will be worth more than a larger paler emerald with an inclusion.
Selling your emeralds
When you are thinking about selling your emeralds, you should clean them first and find out anything you can about them from family members if they have been inherited. You should clean your emerald carefully as cleaning solutions or ultrasound cleaners can be harmful, it is advisable to just use a soft, clean cloth to wipe them only.
When choosing where to sell your emeralds, you probably want convenience and value. You can achieve these through a pawn shop. Pawn shops like ours offer competitive rates for jewelry and emeralds so you can be confident of getting a good price for them. Pawn shops are also a quicker, safer and more convenient method to sell jewelry than many other methods especially selling them privately. And if you want peace of mind that you are getting a good price for your piece, you should seek out an independent appraisal.
The best way to see what your emeralds are worth is to visit one of our stores in Hollywood or Margate and get a free appraisal of your piece and we will provide you with a competitive offer for it.