Russian / Siberian emerald information - Russian emeralds as Ethiopian are found in bigger rough crystals in comparision to Colombian or Panjshir emeralds and are generally in medium to light green color shades with common combination of bluish green and yellow tint with green. The transparency and clarity of Russian emeralds is high end with great brilliance/luster. The superior high quality emeralds mined in Russia region are of vivid green even color and big sizes and some of the best specimen of emeralds have also been found in Russian province.
Russia produces 1.5% of total worldwide emerald production and color shade remains generally lighter and few Colombian mines resemble in produce with that of Russian mined emeralds in quality and characteristics even some high quality emeralds from Russia are very rich in appearance as of high quality Colombian emeralds but they were never exaggerated and marketed as a superlative quality gemstone.
Russian emerald price: As most rough extracted here is of light color and is green beryl rather emerald so but are bright in nature so if it comes as beryl the price is super cheap but if Russian emerald catches deeper color with saturation and have bright luster in big size then those will be rare and high priced gemstones.
Russian mines are scattered across the country from noth west of country to south some major mining areas includes those of Malysheva Ekaterinburg (Ural emerald mines in Ural mountains) whose old name was Mariinskoje mines and where the first discovery of emerald is known also Lubinsky, Chinty, Troitzky, Ostrowsky produce emerald rough and are operational till date.
These are slowely stimulating up their position in the demand from global markets due to superior purity in color. From past 50 years Brazil is consistent producer of natural emerald gemstones, emeralds from Brazil were considered of subdued quality but then perception changed and now top quality clean clarity and vivid green color emeralds with transparency and great luster/brilliance are also getting mined in Itabira-Nova Era belt of Minas Gerais and they fetch huge price per carat in market.
Pricing: As with other gems the color saturation with shade and clarity in emerald gem speaks the quality for the stone. The color in emeralds is due to presence of chromium and vandium the Brazil origin emeralds have more of vandium present then vandiuchromium like vandium dominates the coloring in Zambian emeralds and and chromium in Ethiopian emeralds so emeralds from Brazil have more deep green colors. The clarity - these emeralds are barely found without heavy inclusions so a transparent emerald with less inclusions is considered superior. Cut - a skillfull cut brings out the maximum beauty of the stone in terms of the 3 C's which is planning of rough about size, shape and sides of table and pavilion are decided then comes the cutiing, faceting and polishing which brings the true value of the emerald manufactured from a rough crystal; so due to the saturated deep color in emeralds of new Brazilian mines it is acclerating in popularity and price towards the most valued ones as Colombian or Swat origin.
Buyers are more tend to value emeralds on basis of origin but now they are becoming more educated for quality and are shifting to pay premium on quality of the gem rather then origin. Also buyers are now considering other shapes like oval and pear cut insted of just traditional emerald or octagon step cut.
Mining: The Belmont mines produces almost 40% of the total pruduce in Brazil and Itabira - Nova Era belt and others are Capoeirana, and Montebello are other major mines producing emeralds most of the quality lapidary stone mined is cut in Russia itself and commercial quality is exported in India.
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