GIA Certified 1.60 ct Magnificent High-End IF-VVS Clarity Colombian Emerald

Item Information

Dimensions (mm) 8.4 x 6.59 x 5.48mm
Weight (carats) 1.6 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.

About this stone:

Absolutely unbelievable stone! Darker than most (top) Colombian stones it has “non-existent” for Type 3 stones IF-VVS clarity and not only "That infamous Colombian color" but  "once in the lifetime top of the Top Grade that infamous Colombian color!"  

 Stone: Natural (Green) Beryl

Variety: Emerald

Shape Oval

Weight: 1.60 ct

Measurements: 8.40 x 6.59 x 5.48 mm

Color (Hue): slightly bluish Green

Tone: Medium

Saturation: Vivid

Clarity: Type 3 IF-VVS

Cut Grade: Ideal

Polish: Ideal

Treatment: Colorless Oil

Origin: Colombia

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. What you will read next is "non-updated" information I put in this listing pretty long time ago.

About real, realistic, possible and maybe possible prices. Very few people know them, even professionals. Most jewelers sell prefabricated jewelry and don’t know prices. Those who make their own jewelry know THEIR prices - price for what s/he can buy particular stone. Same with gem dealers actually except biggest ones that deal with all markets. These prices are different. There are few… e… price levels.

  1. Various industry’ price lists that seem to be born in narcotic hallucinations. No, prices are real but refer to the highest price some particular stone was ever sold (usually at high-end auction). I never refer to it.

  2. International Gem Society price list. I stopped referring to it (well, sometimes I do but very rarely) despite of the fact it is world famous strictly educational institution and I personally know their president Donald Clark. Their values are real but only if the name of your store is Tiffany or Cartier or when you say: “My local jeweler sells such stones for…” - it means you live on Rodeo Drive.

  3. I refer to Gem World International price list – Bible of every jeweler, gem dealer and serious buyer and the only source of real values. Their values and expertise were used in numerous legal cases around the world. With one correction. Their prices are neither retail nor even lowest wholesale (very similar to Rapaport’ prices for diamonds and similar to Rapaport it is paid subscription. I’ll post their price list for Colombian Emeralds). They are prices of gem dealer to jeweler or gem dealer to gem dealer. . Jeweler to customer price is standard 2.5 times higher.

By demand of my partner, suggestion of my supplier (one of the biggest gem dealers in the world) and requests of many returning customers that want to know all possible prices, I’ll give you IGS and Gem World prices. By the way, I highly recommend to sign for both. Both are not free but worth every penny and there are much more than prices.

So, values of this stone:

IGS - $33,000 per ct; $52,800 total  

GemWorld - $6,900 per ct; $11,040 total

I sell at gem shows for half of “official price.” On eBay and Gem Rock even for less for promotion. Much less actually. My price for this stone is $1,300 per ct; 2,080 total.

I often receive "Your pictures/descriptions/values, etc. are too good to be true" messages.

As for pictures - they are mostly for reference purposes only. Some (mostly of our photographer) are very good but rather surrealistic/artistic - not realistic. However, I strongly believe that if stone is described as "high-end" or "absolutely high-end" it is better than the picture of it no matter how good it is.

Descriptions are always accurate.

Prices/values are too good to be true indeed but they are "hard to believe but true." 99% of stones I list are top to absolutely high-end. "Just good" my partner sells to jewelers off eBay and Gemrock and sometimes I combine them in lots and list for super bargain prices. I list top stones for ridiculous prices for advertisement, not for profit - to attract real world clients that are willing to pay real world prices. Buy with confidence.
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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