Lab-Grown Emerald : Bright, Envious Green
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One of the world’s most instantly recognisable stones, the rich, green colour of the emerald is unmistakable. Coveted by everyone from Cleopatra to Incan royalty, the emerald is one of the most auspicious stones in human history, representing fertility, rebirth and love across cultures. With timeless allure, emerald jewellery never seems to go out of style.
But, you already know getting your hands on high-quality emerald is difficult.
Colombian stones — the most prized emeralds for jewellery settings — are harder and harder to come by, and the lab-grown market is just as difficult to navigate with resellers and manufacturers flooding the market with stones that vary in grade, quality and price.
If you get stuck with lab-grown emeralds that aren’t the right hue, you can’t bring your designs to life. Worse, poor-quality stones with pits and blemishes can completely discredit the reputation you worked so hard to build.
So if you want reliable access to top-quality Colombian colour emeralds and to lead the market with luxury, sustainable jewellery, you’re going to want to learn about how BIRON®’s lab-grown stones can transform your business.
The BIRON® Difference
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Upon first glance of a BIRON® lab-grown Colombian colour emerald stone, all you will notice is its warm, deep and pure green colour with vivid saturation.
But behind that stone is the one and only laboratory in Hong Kong that can replicate the natural growing conditions and adjust the nutrients needed to make clear Colombian green. To further attract those high-end clients, we even supply emeralds with inclusions, making your lab-grown gems look nearly identical to natural gems when judged by the human eye.
Your current customers will love gaining access to such high-quality, sustainable emeralds.
And you can now attract new customers who increasingly value ethically sourced and sustainable gems.
Backed by 35-years of experience in gemstones sourcing, we are trusted by clients all over the world for both our gemstone and business integrity — inspecting each and every stone before delivery so that you can stay true to your art and fulfil your orders.
Make Your Jewels Stand Out
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One of the world’s finest examples of emerald jewellery is the Palmette Necklace by Edmond Chin for the House of Boghossian. Featuring eleven rectangular-cut emeralds ranging from 3.03 to 12.34 to carats, all flanked by smaller round-cut emeralds, the Palmette Necklace’s modern and artistic flower design is strikingly beautiful. Juxtaposed by colourless diamonds, the intense green emeralds shine even brighter.
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The emerald is also the birthstone for May and has become a popular engagement ring for daring brides who want everyone to be green with envy. Symbolizing love, the emerald is also a popular gift for lovers and partners, even being designated the 55th wedding anniversary gift.
Colombian green emeralds also work well with brilliant white diamonds. Just take a look here at these stunning 18K gold fine jewellery pieces that are set with BIRON® lab-grown Colombian emeralds. Click here to reveal.
The possibilities with emeralds are endless, and the profits can be huge.
With the help of BIRON®, you can now secure the premium, lab-grown gems that your new, discerning and eco-conscious customer craves for every occasion.
Get in touch with our specialists today to learn more about how BIRON® can transform your business.
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The Most Impressive Colour
After many years of intensive research on many aspects of hydrothermal technology,
BIRON® emerald resulted in a colour that was virtually indistinguishable from the Columbian Muzo emerald,
the most desirable colour in the marketplace.
More About Lab Created Emerald
What is an emerald?
Blake Lively worn emerald bracelets at Golden Globe 2017. Photo credit: ITALIST
An emerald comes from a family of minerals known as beryl that is usually green to bluish-green. It has a lower density which can make it seem larger in size than a diamond of equivalent weight. Green emeralds are highly desirable and more expensive even if they are softer because they are one of the rarest of coloured gemstones. Vivid colour saturation is a characteristic of good emeralds, the most sought after of which is a green termed as “Colombian Green”. Emeralds are commonly cut as faceted step cuts in an octagonal shape.
Emeralds are the birthstone for springtime in the month of May and are also associated with love, loyalty, and twentieth and thirty-fifth anniversaries. This gemstone was popular with Cleopatra and the oldest emerald dates back to 2.97 billion years ago from South Africa.
The BIRON® Emerald, Colombian Colour is Inter-Pacific’s signature lab-grown gemstone.
What are lab-grown emeralds?
Lab-created emeralds such as the signature BIRON® Emerald, Colombian Colour are grown in a laboratory under controlled conditions to replicate the same chemical composition as that of natural emeralds. They can have little to no inclusions and often present as completely clear to the naked eye. They can also differ in colour and saturation. Lab-grown gemstones are real gemstones, but unmined.
Natural beryl as seeds for growing lab-grown emerald.
What are the benefits of created emeralds?
Emerald mine in Colombia. Photo credit: JAVIER CORSO/OAK STORIES/AL JAZEERA.
Lab-created emeralds, such as the signature BIRON® Emerald, Colombian Colour can have little to no inclusions or visual variations. They are also eco-friendlier as they do not require the same carbon footprint as mined emeralds, as they are artificially grown in a laboratory, but with the same chemical composition of a mined emerald — making them real emeralds.
A greater variety and quantity of emeralds can be made to cater to the desired carat size, shapes, and cuts, without the price tag. Wholesalers and suppliers can better meet demand, as they can be made in bulk with a relatively unlimited capacity to supply to retailers, designers, and jewellery brands.
Lab-grown emeralds retain the valued colour that emerald is known for at a fraction of the cost.
How are the artificial emeralds made?
Artificial emeralds made in a laboratory are created using various processes. The chemical composition and other properties are the same as that of a natural emerald.
Hydrothermal growth is a common and dependable method for lab-created emeralds. It replicates the conditions found deep in the earth with heat and pressure. Nutrients are dissolved in a chemical solution and artificial crystals will form on the seed plane. The growth process normally takes four weeks.
The flux melt method does not involve pressure and can take 10 to 12 months. Crystal growth is formed via a dissolved chemical solution that forms synthetic crystals slowly on a seed plane. The solution itself is called the “flux” and is, depending on the material that has to be dissolved/ melted, made up of different chemicals/materials and heated. The process does not involve pressure.
Equipment for hydrothermal process. Photo credit: KullaiahByrappa, NamrathaKeerthiraj, Shayan M.Byrappa
FAQs on Lab Made Emerald
Are lab-grown emeralds real?
Yes. Lab-grown emeralds including the signature BIRON® Emerald, Colombian Colour are made up of the same chemical composition as its natural counterpart, which includes chromium, vanadium and iron. They are real emeralds that are unmined and have the same optics and physical properties as a natural emerald.
Are lab-created emeralds valuable?
Yes. Artificial emeralds grown in a lab are prized for their consistency in colour, clarity, cut and variety of carat weights they can come in. The perfect balance between colour and saturation can be consistently obtained with a high-quality finish. Lab-grown emeralds can be 100% consistent with naturally-mined gemstones while being eco-friendly and humanitarian.
Are lab emeralds as durable as mined emeralds?
Lab-grown emeralds, such as the signature BIRON® Emerald, Colombian Colour hold slightly greater durability than its natural counterpart. These gemstones still hold identical chemical composition and other properties as their natural counterparts but are less brittle.
Do manufactured emeralds contain inclusions?
Lab-created emeralds are grown in a controlled environment that can deliver pure stones that have little to no inclusions as an end result. Inclusions can still occur in BIRON® Emerald, Colombian Colour, just fewer than natural emeralds.
What are the differences between lab, natural and simulated emeralds?
Artificial emeralds that are lab-grown are real emeralds that hold identical chemical composition, optical and physical characteristics as natural gemstones. They are real but unmined, can have little to no inclusions and are shaped from synthetic emerald rough stones.
Natural emeralds grow deep in the earth naturally and are mined. They are found in the rough and have inclusions or visual variations due to the gemstone’s mineral composition. Natural emeralds are often treated for cracks that are habitually oiled or filled with molten glass before being put on the market. Unique, untreated natural rare gemstones are available for sale on our platform.
Simulated emeralds, also known as imitation, are not the same as synthetic emeralds, due to their difference in composition. They are physically and chemically different, usually constituted of man-made material, e.g. nano glass, but look like natural and lab-grown gemstones. Imitation gemstones are significantly cheaper than lab-grown or natural gemstones.
How can we help you?
Whether you wish to create your first ethical and sustainable jewellery brand or enrich your current collections, we are here to help.