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How can I tell if a bluish green stone is an emerald or blue beryl?

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Is this stone an emerald or is it too blue?

asked Sep 3, 2016 by omarshaker1 (120 points)

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That color could still be an emerald. If it was blue it would be aquamarine, but this definitely has a green that would indicate emerald. Thats not to say that it can be positively identified as emerald because of its color, but it is possible that that color in a beryl would indicate emerald.
answered Sep 16, 2016 by hershel (51,840 points)
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I’ve seen a number of similar coloured stones being sold as Emeralds, including a number at very reputable Jewellers & wholesalers who employ certified gemologists to identify & certify their stones. While this doesn’t (of course) mean this particular stone is definitely an emerald, it should mean that it cannot be excluded as a possibility. The only way to find out for sure is to get it examined/tested by a suitably experienced & certified gemologist, ideally one that specialises in Emeralds/Beryl.

PS. There are also heaps of “emerald colour charts” available for viewing on the web, many of which include stones with very similar colours to this one, so for a start, you could check out some of these...
answered Jul 1 by CrazyAl (140 points)

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