2.38 ct Top Of The Line Colombian Stone Certified

Item Information

Dimensions (mm) 14.23 x 7.72 x 3.97mm
Weight (carats) 2.38 carats
Certified Gemstone
Oiled (Cedar/Joban)

US Seller

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!

If you checked our listings within last three months you might notice I (actually one of our customers) mentioned current precious stones prices that are about twice as much for Zambian and many times more for Colombian emeralds and start at $3,000 per ct for even average to good grade unheated sapphires. You may also notice that I promised to keep my prices unchanged until the end of the year and I will keep my promise. Current lowest wholesale (like at dealers only gem shows) price for so-so Zambian stone is $800 per ct; $1,800-$2,200 for top 1+ ct stones; $1,200; $2,500-$3,500 per ct respectively for 2+ ct and the more the weight the more price per ct. For Colombian even low grade (very light; average color heavily included) starts at $4,000 per ct; good but not top stones cost $12,000-$15,000 per ct and as for top... If I would sell all my Colombian stones even for top online stores like James Allen or NY Gems prices and not Tiffany, Cartier and the like ones I would write this from my island in French Polynesia... or probably it would be archipelago. As for Zambian stones I will increase prices but not significantly. Colombian are different: we cannot afford to buy any new stones for current prices; all we have are from our very old inventory. So, I will change prices to lower than wholesale but not much lower ones. But I will do it January 1, 2020. Until then enjoy "Big Holiday Season Sale!"

Note: Unlike pictures that in case of emerald (it doesn't apply to any other stone) with extremely rare exceptions can look like anything and everything but not like the real stone, videos usually at least realistic and upon my return from Mexico in the end of May, 2020 I will add them to all listings. Upon requests my assistant that in US and has all stones took additional pictures and tried to make videos but they were suitable only for producers of horror movies. So, please rely on specifications and descriptions - especially descriptions; I spend a great deal of time writing them - don't pay much if any attention to pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions. Please remember that even if a listing has a video and it is good and realistic one, nothing will replace seeing a stone in person. Many of our stones are top to absolute high-end but if you will not like a stone you purchased - we refund immediately no questions asked.


Please read important notes after description. I add and update them frequently.

I often give an information about FAIR and REASONABLE - not astronomical in various industry price lists - prices and post price list of Gem World International - Bible of every jeweler, gem dealer and serious buyer. But we live in ever-changing world. A few days ago (in October 2019) one customer sent me a message:

"Came back from the HK  (Hong Kong - one of the few top dealers only gem shows) gem show last month and the prices were crazy high. No Zambians for less than $800/ct, and couldn't even get a whiff of even low grade Colombians for less than $4,000/ct.

Just ok colour heat only sapphires started at $1,000/ct. Unheated somewhere over $3,000/ct.

Needless to say I came away very unimpressed! These people were supposed to be wholesalers, trying to price like a retail store."

I didn't go to gem shows for about a year and contacted our supplier that attended almost all of them. Yes, it is prices now and he added that prices for such stones as tanzanite and paraiba tourmaline (I don't sell tourmaline) are moving steadily towards astronomical. Still, in the light of upcoming Holiday Season I am not going to increase prices for already listed stones and will continue to sell for "obsolete" prices to the end of the year.

About this stone:

CL 144

Stone: Natural (Green) Beryl

Variety: Emerald

Shape: Pear

Weight: 2.38 ct

Measurements: 14.23 x 7.72 x 3.97 mm

Hue: strongly bluish Green

Tone: Medium- Medium Dark

Saturation: Vivid

Clarity: Type 3 VVS-VS

Cut: Excellent-Very Good

Polish: Ideal

Treatment: Colorless Oil

Clarity. A couple of slightly visible minor light dots. Exceptional transparency. Type 3 VVS of course taking into the account weight and transparency (transparency/diaphaneity is more important than inclusions when grading clarity of Type 3 stones), but to avoid long conversation with buyers that think that all Types of stones have the same clarity grades: “This is VVS? I have a VS2 diamond that unlike your stone is perfectly eye clean” (like I already said according to GIA top for Type 3 VVS grade is barely equal to Type 1 SI2) – I put in specifications Type 3 VVS-VS. However, what is on paper doesn’t make the actual stone more included.

Picture. Not exactly the real stone of course, but very good and realistic. I noticed my camera loves top Colombian Stones. Me too actually. (Actually I have a strong suspicion that none of my pictures were suitable and my assistant took a picture from her archive: it is her job to choose pictures for listings)

Stone. Industry motto is “the darker the better.” Why is very transparent. Colombian stones are lighter and usually much lighter than Zambian and Brazilian. Still they are “pound for pound” are more valuable and always were (I posted Gem World International values for Colombian and Zambian emeralds). But since approximately 2011-2012 there are no even decent over 1 ct Colombian stones on the market. Not even VERY light ones. O, they are on the market, only on different market. Market for the buyers like Tiffany, Cartier and the like that can pay $15,000-$37,000 per ct (so “low” prices are because they are in bulk direct from mines). Two guys that run the entire Colombian emerald market don’t want to sell tons of stones even though they can. They want to sell less for tons of money. But industry needs people to buy, buy and buy – otherwise there will be no industry. As for mere mortals there are Zambian and Brazilian. Zambian are great if they are top, but it is not easy to find a good stone for a reasonable price – Zambian president first prohibited the export of emeralds and then gave a monopoly to only one company (Gemfield) They are available in a few online stores like James Allen, Gems NY and NY Gems, but when not $60,000-$80,000/ct in physical stores like Tiffany and the like and a standard $12,000-$30,000 per ct, these prices are still far from cheap and stones are far from top. Actually their stones are rather average to average good. This leaves only Brazilian stones and virtually all of them are dark.

But when about 90% of Colombian stones are on the light side, there are some truly gorgeous – if they are top of course – darker ones. I am not saying they are better than their lighter brothers; they are different. And here is one of them. I graded Tone as Medium-Medium Dark, but for Colombian stone it is Medium Dark. Bright, rich, glowing and absolutely beautiful big stone! Now you can have TRULY valuable stone and to not be despised for a light(er) Tone of it.

About GIA/AGL (when most people know GIA more than AGL, AGL has a higher status when it comes to colored stones in US and in the world) certified/not certified stones. Obviously I certify top stones but it doesn't mean that described/priced as top non-certified ones are not as good as certified. They are and can be even better. Actually I don't even choose which stones to certify. I contact my assistant: "Sherry, we sold many GIA/AGL certified stones. Send 10-15 more to GIA."

New addition:

Question I am constantly asked: Do you have such and such REALLY top stone?

Two answers:

1. Most likely I do. Most likely you already saw it - see answer 2.

2. Judging by your question, you looked at pictures of posted stones and didn't find what you were looking for. You never will this way if a stone is emerald. Pictures of emeralds as realistically represent real stones as if they were pictures of tractors. Any stone in our store priced $1,000 or more per ct is really top and would cost at least 10 times more even at online stores like James Allen, NY Gems and others. Pick any based on description not by picture. Even better - contact me and tell me what you are looking for and in what price range.


Two answers to the question I receive a few times per week:

Question: Can you show me a few more pictures?

Answer one: All listed stones are in hands of my assistant that ships them. Depends on the time of the year I am either 300 miles or 3,000 miles away from her. She takes pictures for certificates using camera in her cell phone under the kitchen light. If you are a producer of horror movies I can ask her to take a few pictures but please don’t show them to your children: poor kids will have a nervous breakdown.

Answer two: In 40+ years I didn’t see a single BOTH good and realistic picture of the stone if it was emerald. For the reason I don’t quite understand emerald is a stone that “doesn’t want to be photographed” (it doesn’t apply to any other stone). I take about 100 pictures of each stone, give them to my assistant to choose (I don’t have enough willpower to look at my results) and I am lucky if she doesn’t say: “I cannot use any picture from your nightmarish set.” Finally we found a photographer who agreed to take pictures for us (two before him tried and run away in horror) but his pictures when good are usually artistic-surrealistic interpretation. Nothing will replace seeing a stone in person and again - we refund immediately no questions asked.


My partner and I have a registered in NY State business (ES Gems) that includes gemological lab and for eBay we certify our stones. I’ll post certificates here too (unless a stone is certified by GIA or AGL).

Please note that emerald is Type 3 stone (most included and is considered to be always included). Its clarity grade tops at VVS, (not FL, IF or even IF-VVS) which according to GIA is barely equal to SI2 of Type 1 stone.






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