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Oil-Only Sandawana Emerald 0.61 (ECE061)

vivid green Sandawana emerald in pear shape
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0.61 Carat
Deep Vivid Green
Medium Dark 60



  • Identification: Natural Unheated Emerald
  • Carat: 0.61
  • Shape: Emerald-Cut
  • Measures: 6.07x4.13x2.78 (millimeter)
  • Color Grade: Excellent
  • Tone: Medium Dark 60
  • Color Zoning: None
  • Clarity: Translucent
  • Cutting Grade: Good
    • Brilliancy: 25%
    • Depth: 67%
  • Origin: Sandawana, Zimbabwe
  • Treatment: Oil Only

Certificate No: To-be-delivered / On Demand / Not included in price

Overall Grade: Very Good

Comment: Permitted in our stock: Oiled emeralds. (Please read here if you want to know why.)

It hardly gets more classic: An emerald in emerald-cut with the one-and-only intense emerald green. The images do not overstate the color strength, nor its clarity for that matter. Many emerald connoisseurs have agreed that Sandawana's deep green beryls (= emeralds) can be as-good-as or better than the best that South-America has to offer. Uniquely these species do not suffer with decreasing size as most gems do, which is double luck because BIG Sandawanas have been always been rare and most of those found have been under one carat. Note the past tense, because it is commonly accepted that the mines have been emptied and that the gem-world needs to be content with the current amount available, similar to the famous blue Kashmir sapphires. This 61 points sends a green signal through any normal sized room. Even in a pendant such a gem will make a wave. As all emeralds are brittle they need special care during setting, preferring protective setting and tender handling in later life. If you need a green gem for gardening or out-door sports check alternatives here. With its rather translucent body such a gem is valued for color strength rather than luster. To have luster in this color strength one must turn to demantoids or add a zero to stay with emeralds. Even the actresses below had to accept a half opaque pear shape with a hole in the middle a.k.a. a window. Not so in our 0.61 gems but the comparison is not fair because the earrings below may be close to 20 carats. Therefor it is better to accept some inclusions and call it a 'Jardim', although here we have a dense jungle not a well-tended British backyard. 

Possibly pairing with PEP067

P.S. The unusual circumstances of this year, personal and in general, have so far hindered us from getting lab reports done, although I dare hope this will change by late May when I will visit Antwerp in person. The price here quoted is EXCLUDING our usual certificate. If you like to have a lab report for this emerald we need to add between $100 for a full IGI report or up to $1,000 for a premium AIG report. It would need a good deal extra time (currently over 12 weeks, sigh). That lab prices in this P.S. section differ is no lazy mistake but reflects the different pricing policies of the gem labs we use. Some calculate via weight, e.g. a 7 carat garnet is more expensive to test than a one carat, others labs go via pieces, when a small sapphire costs as much as a 10 carat gem. 

Discuss design options (with a hunted matched pair difficult to find but easily to check, because if we don't have one, nobody does) 

Read about Sandawana Emeralds

Here is a bit more about Emerald grading by the GIA.


I imagine, even good old Brad had a hard time getting these, estimated at 4ct/each

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