Insignificant oil emerald is a superior quality emerald gemstone that undergoes lesser degree of clarity enhancement. The term ‘Insignificant oil’ clearly indicates that a very little oil or foreign substance has entered the emerald stone due to the presence of minimum surface-reaching inclusions. Such fine quality emeralds are quite rare and are highly desirable for astrological and collection purposes.
Insignificant oil emerald
Insignificant Oil emerald is a superior quality, natural emerald gemstone. Such type of emeralds usually undergoes lesser degree of clarity enhancement. The term ‘Insignificant oil’ clearly indicates that a very little oil or foreign substance has entered the emerald stone.
Insignificant Oil Emerald Quality
Emerald is a naturally included gemstone and thus inclusions in emerald gems are acceptable up to an extent. These gems are created over millions of years in an unimaginably tough condition. Therefore, the absolutely eye clean emeralds are ultra-rare and highly expensive. Even the top-quality emeralds are slightly included. Most of the emerald are clarity enhanced and are subjected to a variety of treatment (fissure filling, oiling, resin and epoxy filing) carried out in a clarity enhancement laboratory.
Amongst various treatment methods, oiling is quite common. Oiling is a traditional clarity enhancement process that fills the fissures and enhances the beauty and clarity of the emerald by using transparent oil. The extend of oiling in emerald is often considered to determine its quality and value in the market. Higher is the degree of clarity enhancement, lower will be the quality. Insignificant oil emeralds bear minimum oil content as they have lesser number of surface reaching fissures. So, the chances for oil to enter inside the crystal is astronomically low. Such emeralds are termed as ‘Insignificant oil emerald’ and are counted amongst the premium quality gemstones.
The quality of Insignificant oil emerald is further evaluated on the basis of its origin, color, clarity and carat.
Origin – Emerald mines have been found in Colombia, Brazil, Zambia, Russia, India, US, Australia and Afghan. Due to its highly saturation and perfectly balanced green and blue color, Insignificant emerald from Colombian are considered superior than other origins. It is closely followed by Insignificant oil emeralds from Zambian, Brazilian or Ethiopian origin.
Color – The color of insignificant oil emerald ranges from pure vivid green to yellow green and deep bluish green. The finest quality Insignificant oil emerald display a consistently distributed vivid green hue with medium saturation. Emeralds with slight bluish green hue are also counted amongst the premium quality gems. However, the presence of excess yellow or blues (secondary hues) often disturb the gem’s beauty and degrade its overall appearance.
Clarity – Many a times, buyers have a misconception that insignificant oil emerald will have no inclusions, which is not true. They do have inclusions but that doesn’t extend up to the surface. The higher quality pieces are slightly included or almost clean with only small, faintly visible inclusions. In contrast, stones bearing higher number of visible inclusions belong to the slight lower quality range.
Cut – Insignificant emeralds are rare to find. Therefore, they are often faceted in shapes and cuts that save maximum carat weight. A skilfully cut emerald appears richly colored and cleaner hence considered more valuable.
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It is very important for the buyers to have a clear understanding about the type of inclusions present in the emerald and the treatment it has gone through before paying a premium. Being a responsible seller, GemPundit always provides untreated, unheated natural emerald loose stones certified by a government recognised gem testing laboratory. We always recommend people to buy Insignificant Oil emerald that comes with a genuine certificate issued by a trusted gem testing laboratory to ensure its authenticity. The prices of such high-quality emeralds are decided after checking its origin, color, clarity, cut and carat weight. In India, Insignificant oil emerald price per carat starts from ₹ 40,000 per carat ($615 approx.) and can reach upto millions depending upon the color, origin, size and clarity.
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Origin – Colombian insignificant oil emerald usually receives a higher price than other origins. However, it also depends on the color and clarity of the gemstone. Zambian emerald is the next most valuable variety following by Brazilian emerald with Insignificant oil.
Color – Vivid green Emerald with uniformly spread color and medium to dark saturation (without any significant oiling) is considered best for purchase. The Insignificant emerald reduces marginally for too pale or excessively dark pieces.
Clarity – Insignificant Oil emerald generally have lesser amount of surface reaching flaws and faintly visible inclusions. The value of insignificant oil emeralds is inversely proportional to the no. of visible inclusions. In simple words, higher is the visible inclusion, lesser will be the gem’s cost.
Cut – Highly customised cuts (like trillion cut, brilliant cut or princess cut) and fancy shapes (pear, heart etc.) are rarely found and involve more wastage of rough stone. Such premium quality emeralds often deserve a higher premium. Gem in round, oval and emerald cut are comparatively easy to find and are more affordable.
Carat weight – Owing to its rarity in large size, the per carat price for insignificant oil emerald rises steeply for stones above few carats. It may reach up to millions of dollars depending upon the quality and size.
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Insignificant oil emerald is the superior quality emerald that contains minimum oil traces. The natural surface reaching fissures (inclusions) are smaller and very few in number that does not allows the crystal to in-take much oil. These emeralds are quite durable as they have less inclusions and are likely to be good in appearance. Insignificant emeralds can be from any origin but are usually limited in number. It is a great option for people seeking emerald for astrological uses as these emeralds are nearly free from any significant treatment.
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No oil emerald is undoubtedly a highly preferable choice for all buyers irrespective of the purposes. It is a 100% natural, untreated emerald gemstone that doesn’t have any oil. These top-grade emeralds show excellent clarity and are free from surface reaching inclusions. It leaves no chance for a ‘foreign’ (oil or resin) material to enter inside the crystal’s body. No oil emerald gemstones are rarely found and are extremely valuable. On the other hand, insignificant oil emerald has some oil although in a very nominal amount. Both No Oil emerald and Insignificant oil emeralds are of finer quality, but ‘No oil emerald’ is a slightly superior and expensive variety.
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