Request Emeralds

Request EmeraldsIf you don’t see the perfect emerald on our website, requesting emeralds is very easy. We often discuss loose emeralds with our customers over email or telephone and request emeralds be sent from Colombia if necessary. If you may be interested in one of our emeralds or would like to request emeralds, we offer some insight into the process and some important things to consider.

Browse the Emerald Inventory

If we had to advise new customers on the best way to find and buy emeralds on, we’d suggest starting with the All Emeralds menu item on the left side. Use the sorting options at the top of the view to find the emeralds that suit your needs, and get familiar with them. We’ll gladly discuss or provide any additional information on the individual emeralds if possible. Buying emeralds from our existing inventory is always quicker and easier than requesting they be located and sent from Colombia, but if we don’t currently have the right emerald for you, its time to discuss an emerald request.

If, after browsing our selection of loose Colombian emeralds, you don’t see the right stone for you, we can discuss requesting emeralds. If you’ve already familiarized yourself with the emeralds we have in stock, noting the sizes, prices, our descriptions, their appearance in photos, and their characteristics; this will all help in the next step. Contact us if you have questions about any item and ask what else we may have. We’re often preparing to publish new stones and they just may not be posted yet. If we don’t have what you need we’ll request emeralds straight from the source.

Request Emeralds: Finding the Right Emerald

Before we request emeralds from Colombia, we’ll need to discuss the search parameters first. The following are prioritized in order of importance to the request.

  • Budget – A general high and low price range is perhaps the single most useful piece of information you can provide us to zero in on the right stones. Emerald prices per carat can vary tremendously based on their individual characteristics. We don’t want to waste
  • Carat – We’ll need to know whether to look for 5 carat gems or something more subtle. The time you spent browsing our emerald inventory or looking at jewelry may help you in understanding what size emerald to buy. If you’re not sure, don’t hesitate to ask us.
  • Color or Clarity – Both may be important to you and we’ll always strive to find the best overall stone and best value within your budget, but it is quite helpful to know whether you place greater importance on one over the other.
  • Timeline and Customer Intent – Please help us help you by letting us know when you need the emeralds and your level of interest. We can assume if you’re writing to request emeralds, you’re serious about making a purchase but it can be quite disappointing to not get a reply to our photos after a successful search.
  • Cut – If you don’t have a specific cut in mind for your emerald request don’t worry, the emerald search may be quicker and easier without the additional constraint. But if you do have a definite preference, by all means let us know. We’ll work with the parameters we have and offer suggestions when appropriate.
  • Purpose – Our customers request emeralds for a surprising variety of reasons. From emerald elixirs to chakras, gem collections to astrology, birthstone gifts to engagement rings…. we’ve seen it all. If you think it may help, please feel free to share your project with us.

Request Emeralds: What to Expect

Once we have enough information for the emerald request, we’ll contact our sources in Colombia to begin the search immediately. The emerald search may take a few days, to several weeks depending on the difficulty and other factors. We’ll try to update you as information is available, but definitely feel free to ask at any time. Once the emeralds are located, we’ll send photos and all the information we have to you. Good emeralds move very quickly in Bogota and our suppliers may not be able to hold stones for long, so we ask for your thoughts and comments as soon as you’re available to give them. If you’re satisfied and ready to purchase an emerald, please let us know ASAP in order to secure the stone. We’ll then send an electronic invoice for payment, have the stone certified by a gem lab if desired, and put the shipping in motion.

If you’re ready to bring your enthusiasm and passion for emeralds, and we’ll bring the green!  Let’s get started shopping for emeralds.

Beyonce’s Emerald Earrings Rock President Obama’s Inauguration

Beyonce's Emerald Earrings

Beyonce’s emerald earrings are stunning at President Obama’s inauguraton

Beyonce made President Obama’s inauguration day crowd green with envy with her 80 carat emerald earrings. If you watched President Obama’s Inauguration coverage on January 21st, 2013 and you saw Beyonce perform and of course, you noticed the beautiful (and huge) 80 carat emerald earrings she wore, created by designer Lorraine Schwartz. So strikingly beautiful were her earrings that they simply stole the show from President Obama himself . She also reportedly wore a matching 50 carat emerald ring but it does not appear in pictures during the performance. In other pictures she can be seen wearing it, but this ring is so huge that you can understand why she might want to take it off. That’s quite a stone!beyonce_michelle

Beyonce performed a stunning rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, obviously an important moment in any inauguration. It’s well documented that her and husband Jay-Z are close friends of President and Michelle Obama and it’s obvious the president enjoyed the performance.

Beyonce's emerald earrings and emerald ring

Beyonce with husband Jay-Z and her huge emerald ring and emerald earrings

The emeralds in Beyonce’s earrings were unmistakably Colombian emeralds and are reportedly valued at 1.8 million dollars. This emerald earring design appears to be 5 or 6 pear shaped emeralds arranged in a leaf or flower pattern. If the total set weighs 80 carats as is reported, and our calculations are correct, each stone would weigh 8 to 13 carats or more each. Absolutely phenomenal and a fantastic emerald collection all in one pair of earrings!

Lorraine Schwartz has produced amazing gemstone jewelry for numerous celebrities and power personalities in recent years from Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and of course Angelina Jolie’s 2.5 million dollar emerald earrings. Checkout our most popular blog ever when we told you about Angelina Jolie’s earrings.

This is not the first time Beyonce’s emerald earrings have made headlines. She has worn other Lorraine Schwartz emerald earrings in the past. We found these images:

Beyonce in emerald earrings

Beyonce’s amazing emerald earrings and dress.

At 1.8 million dollars, that is a small fortune hanging from her ears. The emeralds appear to be of excellent quality but of course you will pay handsomely to wear the name of someone like Lorraine Schwartz. We’re still waiting for our opportunity to recreate such a piece, but it absolutely can be done. We estimate we could put them together for a fraction of the cost, but to find 10 or more stone of this size and quality would obviously take some time.


Emerald Earrings

Isn’t emerald jewelry just beautiful? We never tire of how stunning these emerald earrings look and the sheer elegance they bring to her look.

How much does a carat weigh?

Emerald Cut EmeraldHow much does a carat weigh is a question we’ve probably all wondered at one time, but never bothered to ask. A carat is a unit of measurement used to weigh gemstones and pearls and by definition, one carat is equal to one fifth of a gram or 200mg . Many people who love jewelry often confuse this definition of the word carat used for measuring mass with the word carat used for denoting purity of gold and gold alloys.

Since a carat is a unit of mass (weight), obviously a five carat emerald weighs the same as a 5 carat diamond or a gemstone of any another type. Emeralds, diamonds, and all of the other different gemstones however, have different densities and therefore may vary in volume or physical size very, very slightly.

Gemstones weights are rarely given in any other unit of measurement unless the material is in great quantity of uncut rough material, if the gemstone material is not of sufficient quality to be considered ‘gem quality’,  or if the gem is of a type that is frequently very large or still in matrix such as opal.

Carats may also be referred to as metric carats.

It pays to ask questions. Now you know the answer to “How much does a carat weight?” and a whole lot more.

More About Embassy Emeralds

Embassy Emeralds was founded in 2005 with $10,000 and a simple goal of offering beautiful Colombian emeralds to online emerald lovers in a way that brings a personal touch and centers on customer satisfaction. Online shopping can sometimes lack the personal attention that defines a good customer experience, but it just doesn’t have to be that way and besides, you won’t find quality emeralds just anywhere. We are determined to bring personal attention to online shopping and we firmly believe a happy customer is worth any effort. We are a small company and we hold small company values in high regard.

All of our emeralds are genuine, natural emeralds from Colombia, the undisputed source of the world’s finest emeralds. We handpick our emeralds in Colombia from our trusted sources paying attention to our customers’ many tastes. Early on we spent nearly two years living and working from Colombia to truly learn the Colombian emerald market and the emeralds themselves in a way that cannot be done any other way. The relationships and friendships we’ve built will last a lifetime, and the knowledge we’ve picked up along the way allows us to serve our customers even better.

Quality and value are without a doubt the two words that guide us in every facet of our business and we feel our emeralds reflect exactly that. Through the years we’ve been able to grow our selection and offer more in terms of quantity, quality, and the size of the emeralds we offer. We offer a wide selection of emeralds to cater to the varied interests of our customers, but we’ve noticed our selection has come to represent our own as well. From handpicking emeralds in Bogota to providing clear, representative photographs with concise, honest, and accurate descriptions, our focus truly centers on offering quality and value to our customers.

We thank you for reading our blog and appreciate your interest in learning more about us. We now invite you to browse our emeralds and emerald jewelry selection knowing where we come from. Please feel free to contact us with any question or concern or if you need assistance. We’ll be glad to help.

Also please feel free to contact us with any requests (serious inquiries only). Whether you need a custom emerald ring or a stone you can’t seem to find anywhere else just email us a brief description of what you’re looking for and include the important details of course. Size and shape are a given, but your color and clarity preferences, tolerance for inclusions, and a general price range will help us immensely in locating the right emerald for you.

Emerald Christmas Gifts

Trapiche Emerald SliceChristmas is just on the other side of the jack-o-lantern for the thoughtful Christmas gift buyer. We at Embassy Emeralds count on this and know that some of your holiday gift plans this year may involve building a custom piece of jewelry. And so we start gearing up well in advance to offer you the best choices in loose Colombian emeralds to create the most memorable gifts you’ll ever give. Coming soon to our website and your browser are several new additions to our inventory including a pair of polished trapiche emerald slices, which we’re quite excited to offer. These rare and unusual emeralds are perfect for a dangling earring design or a creative necklace. Definitely check these out and read more about trapiche emeralds in one of our earlier articles.

We’ve also added another pair of emeralds that is sure to generate interest as they’re a matched emerald cut square set of over 1 carat each. Experienced gemstone buyers might know that finding quality matched Colombian emeralds over 1 carat can be an extremely difficult task. We just made it easy for you and we’ll be keeping our eye out for the next great deal to come along.

We don’t stray from the color green often, but we know our customers have varied tastes in gems that include other colors to suit your different moods or even to match that new blouse or dress you’ve been thinking about. New this month, we’re offering 3 Mexican Fire Opals we could not pass up. If orange is your color, these are a must see.

Mexican Fire Opal Oval Cut Trilliant Cut

Aside from these notable offerings we’ve added several smaller emeralds in a variety of sizes, shapes, and qualities to suit your budget.

If building a custom piece isn’t in your holiday plans this year, you might consider some of the emerald jewelry options we offer. Most pieces are one of a kind, hand crafted jewels made from high quality 18kt gold and genuine Colombian emeralds as always. Order early or inquire in advance if the item description suggests shipping make take additional time (usually a few extra days).

Exchange Rate Demands: Buy Emeralds Now

4.03ct Emerald Cut Colombian EmeraldNOW is the time to buy emeralds.

We’re certain most jewelry lovers or even jewelers don’t spend their days watching foreign currency markets and hypothesizing as to the effects they may have on the cost of their next jewelry piece. But if you have been watching the U.S. Dollar and the Euro versus the Colombian Peso, maybe you’ve realized that now is a ‘must buy’ time if you’re in the market to buy Colombian emeralds…direct from Colombia. We say ‘direct’ because emerald prices sold in Colombian pesos remain stable, but right now the Dollar and the Euro have more buying power in pesos than at any time in the last several years.

At the time this article is published, the Colombian Peso is trading at 2575 pesos to 1 U.S. Dollar and 3247 pesos to 1 Euro. These are high exchange rates and spell huge discounts for emerald buyers paying in dollars or euros. If you take a look at the chart below you’ll see that the dollar is peaking in strength after a very weak stretch in 2008. Since a low point of 1615 pesos, the dollar has surged more than 50%. The Euro was not quite as weak as the dollar, but it is riding a wave as well.

To put individual emerald prices into perspective, a good quality emerald that sold for 3,000,000 pesos while the dollar was dragging the floor at 1615 pesos would cost about $1858 dollars. This same emerald bought today could be purchased for just $1165. This is almost a 40% savings. Granted, 1615 pesos was a very weak point for the dollar in recent years, but the current high rates are beyond excellent for emerald buying and may not last long before they give up 15-20% to return to more typical levels.

If you want to jump at the chance to purchase emeralds at this very opportune time, we recommend you get in touch with us right away before the rate changes. We buy our emeralds in Colombia and get them straight to you. You’ll save money across the entire price spectrum, but if you’re purchasing a fine stone of several thousand dollars, you’re really going to notice the difference. You’ll also have made a great investment in this difficult economy. This is a clear cut opportunity for excellent value purchases for consumers and increased profits for jewelers and resellers that just simply isn’t there if you buy your emeralds from middlemen… you need to buy close to the source to get the most from the current market. As an American company buying in Colombia, Embassy Emeralds is uniquely positioned to help you do just that.

To put us to the task and help you take advantage of the current prices, call Embassy Emeralds at +1(708) 336-3690 or email us.

Angelina Jolie’s Emeralds at the Oscars

Brad Pitt accompanies Angelina Jolie and her striking Emerald Earrings.It’s the day after the Academy Awards ceremony and the day when the world sees what the stars wore to the big event. Dressed in a jet black Elie Saab gown to complement Brad Pitt’s Tom Ford tuxedo is the lovely and talented Angelina Jolie. Her simple, yet elegant and striking dress shows the classic black and white combination always works for this power couple. The noticeable exception were Angelina’s bright green emerald earrings. There are probably 35-40 carats worth of gorgeous Colombian emeralds hanging there which do a great job of bringing attention to Angelina’s always photogenic and already very radiant face. Neither Brad nor Angelina won an Oscar but this elite couple deserves an award for style. Well done.

Angelina Jolie's gorgeous Emerald Earrings.

The lower pear cut emerald portion of Angelina’s earrings remind us of a stone we sold recently. See it here. We obviously do not publish many stones of this size on the website, but we are uniquely positioned to easily acquire fine stones such as these straight from Colombia. We spend much of the year working from the source to bring fine emeralds like these to emerald lovers who must have the best. Visit our website and contact us today!

Buying an Emerald Ring

Beautiful 1.00ct Emerald Ring in 18kt Yellow Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale.If you’re shopping for an emerald ring this Christmas season or for any season, you may have a mental image in mind of what you’d like, but Embassy Emeralds would like to give you more to think about and suggest three main criteria or characteristics to consider before deciding which ring is right for you.

1) Emerald Quality – Emerald quality is a very important consideration as it will have a major impact on the other two considerations that follow. If you’re on a budget, you may not be able to afford the emerald you dream of, so you must carefully weigh the different emerald characteristics such as color and clarity and the presence or prevalence of inclusions in order to choose a stone that you can be satisfied with, within your budget.

2) Price – The price of your ring is highly dependent on the quantity and quality of the materials used to make it. Remember, that while you can find cheap gemstone jewelry all over the internet, you almost always get what you pay for. Any smart vendor knows what their merchandise is worth so you should be realistic about the quality you expect to receive if you buy a cheap ring. Cheap emerald rings will often have poor quality emeralds from Africa, South Asia, or Brazil; dull, low quality accent diamonds; and be made of cheap 14kt gold alloys.

3) Design – Design is very important because obviously you want a design that you’re going to enjoy well after the initial excitement of having a beautiful new emerald ring subsides a little. For some, that means having a ring design that focuses mainly on the emerald and lets you easily admire and study its features and for others that means having a well balanced design that’s simply pleasing as a complete package without much focus on the size of the emerald or any single feature.

Here we’ve put up several of our emerald ring designs to show you some of the unlimited creative possibilities. Notice how some feature mostly just the emerald and others focus more on the complete design. Many of these rings are currently available for purchase at Embassy Emeralds.

Beautiful 0.65ct Emerald Ring with Diamond Accents in 18kt White Gold. Actual photo of the ring. Men's 0.65 ct Emerald and 0.33 ct Diamond Ring in 18kt Yellow Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale. One of a kind 1.53 ct Trilliant Emerald and Euclase Ring in 18kt Yellow Gold. 1.50 ct Emerald and 0.22 ct Diamond Ring in 18kt Yellow Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale.
This ring has been sold. Click to view more or request we make another. This ring has been sold. Click to view more emerald rings or request we make another. This may still be available. Please check with us. This beautiful ring was sold the first week we had it.
Modern Looking 0.30ct Emerald Ring in 18kt White Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale. Please check with us for availability. Actual picture of the ring. Check with us for availability of this ring. Ask more about our endless emerald rings. This one was sold but we have a bigger and better one nearly ready.
0.60 ct Emerald Cut Solitare Ring in 18kt White Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale. Remarkably Sleek 0.40 ct Oval Cut Emerald Solitare Ring in 18kt White Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale. 0.38 ct Emerald Ring with 0.26 cts of Diamonds in 18K White Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale. Beautiful0.78 ct Oval Cut Emerald Ring w/Diamonds in 18kt White Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale.
1.35 ct Emerald Cut Emerald Ring w/Diamonds in 18kt White Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale. This large 5+ carat men's ring has been sold. Gorgeous, high quality Colombian emerald jewelry. Three emeralds in 18kt White Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale.
0.89 ct Pear Cut Emerald and Diamond Ring in 18kt White Gold Beautiful 1.41ct Marquis Cut Emerald Ring in Platinum. Actual picture of the ring for sale. Beautifully Elegant 0.55ct Emerald and 0.20ct Diamond Ring in 18kt White Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale. This is a rare, faceted euclase ring. 0.45ct Euclase and 0.28ct Diamond Ring in 18kt White Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale.
Unique 1.80 ct Emerald Ring w/Diamond Accents in 18kt Yellow Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale. This 16+ carat emerald ring has been sold. Click to see more. Delightfully Different 1.13 tcw Trilliant/Round Cut Emerald Ring in 18kt Yellow Gold. 100% Genuine Colombian Emerald Rings.
Lovely 0.30 ct Oval Cut Emerald Solitare Ring in 18kt Yellow Gold. This is a personal favorite. Actual picture of the ring that awaits you. 0.40ct Emerald Cut Emerald Ring in 18kt Yellow Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale. 0.35ct Oval Cut Emerald Ring in 18kt Yellow Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale. Cute 0.35ct Emerald Cut Emerald Ring in 18kt Yellow Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale.
Beautiful 0.50 Oval Cut Emerald Ring in 18kt Yellow Gold. Actual ring shown. 0.30ct Emerald and 0.10ct Diamond Ring in 18kt Yellow Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale. 0.35 Emerald Cut Emerald Ring in 18kt Yellow Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale. Lovely 0.25ct Brilliant Cut Emerald Ring in 18kt Yellow Gold. Actual picture of the ring for sale.

Emerald Ring Notes:

– Fine jewelers will only work with gold that is 18kt or higher. If a jeweler or online jewelry seller has only 14kt gold pieces, this may tell you something about the quality of the jewelry you can expect from the vendor. It may also tell you that you can probably expect lower quality emeralds and accent diamonds as well.

– If buying online or from a catalog, keep in mind that while some sellers may have dozens of rings of a given style in their inventory, their website or catalog will only show a picture of one of them. Emeralds and other gems vary from stone to stone, so you may not get one that looks the same as in the picture. (Almost all of jewelry items for sale on Embassy Emeralds are one of kind pieces and the pictures shown are of the actual jewel.)

– Colombian emeralds are the finest emeralds in the world and the difference in price is often noticeable, but so is the quality. If you are only interested in owning quality emeralds, be sure the ring you choose contains only Colombian emeralds.

– You might think that all accent diamonds are the same, but this is most certainly not the case. Fine jewelers use only good quality accent diamonds in their pieces, but you’d be surprised at how few jewelers on the average do this. Good quality accent diamonds cost several times more than cheaper ones, but the difference is very noticeable and a knowledgeable customer will identify a cheap accent right away. If you’ve never paid much attention, we recommend you do and demand more from your jeweler.

All of the above designs are available online only from Embassy Emeralds. Some may have been sold but can be recreated to meet your individual requirements, with or without modifications to the original design.

Secure Shopping for Emeralds and Jewelry

Secure Shopping for Emeralds and Jewelry at Embassy EmeraldsSelling high value merchandise requires strong security measures to protect both your client base and you. As an online gemstone dealer, Embassy Emeralds certainly recognizes this very important part of doing business, and we’re committed to staying on top of the latest security features to keep our website and our valued customers safe. We’ve never had a security incident or compromise of our site and we intend to keep it that way. That is why we’ve just upgraded our already very secure checkout system to one that’s even better. We’ve replaced our 128 bit SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate that ensures transactions are encrypted and safe with an even more secure 256 bit certificate. This is the strongest SSL encryption commercially available for e-commerce sites that will keep Embassy Emeralds’ excellent reputation as a secure online gemstone and jewelry dealer intact.

When you visit Embassy Emeralds note the AlphaSSL image shown above in the left column. Clicking on it will show you security information relative to our SSL Certificate which lets you know that you’re safe buying jewelry and gemstones from Embassy Emeralds. Also, note the padlock that appears in your browser as you proceed through the checkout process. In Internet Explorer, it will appear on the right side of the address bar. In Firefox, it will be in the lower right corner of the screen. Clicking on these padlocks will show you that the information on the page is being encrypted using 256bit SSL encryption.

To give you a sense of how strong this encryption is. We’ve paraphrased an article on Brute Force attacks from the Wikipedia…

Emeralds Above All Others

Many jewelry lovers have very specific tastes in what they buy. Some are strictly birthstone buyers, but this is much less common than many people would think. People simply want what they like and for many, they want emeralds.

Emeralds are considered by historians as the first gemstone ever discovered. They have thousands of years of history, and with a long history comes longstanding beliefs, traditions, and mystique. That’s definitely the case with Emeralds, but they certainly don’t need any help. People enjoy them for the beautiful gems that they are and recognize the traits that have made them so popular for so long. One of the most important traits is obviously their color. Emerald green is considered by many as the standard for green color and green is a color associated with my positive attributes or virtues such as fertility, prosperity, and tranquility. Besides these associations, a beautiful emerald and its distinctive color is simply soothing to look at.

This soothing appearance and the instinctive association with these very positive attributes is one reason why many people prefer emeralds over sapphires, rubies, and other gems. But to think about it, it makes sense. Many see diamonds as way overdone, and sapphires have become very common. Rubies are still an interesting choice but red has never been considered a soothing color by anyone. That leaves emeralds, which are seen by most as very elegant and will probably never be thought of as ‘overdone’. You might even be surprised to know that some feel so strongly about having emeralds over other stones that they choose emeralds in place of diamonds for their wedding and engagement rings.