Zambian Emerald

Zambian Emerald

Natural Emeralds are entitled as the Birthstone of May month. Following Colombia, Zambia is the second-leading producer of emerald gemstones in the world. Emeralds, here, were initially discovered by copper prospectors in 1928. Zambia started its sincerely determined emerald production in the early 1970s with mining nationalization. Zambian emeralds are among some of those few gemstones that are ethically sourced*. 

*Ethically sourced gemstones are the stones that are mined while contributing to the society and community aligned thereby. Besides Zambian Emeralds, Mozambique Rubies are also ethically sourced.

Color: Velvety violetish blue sapphires with an even body-color
Finger: Worn on the middle on the right hand, with the gemstone touching the body
Neck: Worn as a pendant with the gemstone touching the body
Metal: Yellow or white gold makes a great combination with the cool, soothing tones of the blue sapphire
Zodiac Sign: Libra (western), Capricorn and Aquarius (Vedic)

Often selected for engagement rings in the west, blue sapphires symbolize love, loyalty, and friendship and are the perfect addition of color to add to any big day. Indian astrology on the other hand maintains this Saturn gem, to be an unbelievably powerful gemstone that can instantly turn one’s life around. Offering healing and protection from accidents, these gems are believed to promote a better mental balance.

Birthstone for the month of September, these incredibly durable blue charmers are perfect for jewelry to help channelize good energies, believed to maximize the power of the gemstone.

Natural Zambian emeralds are amongst the superior variation of emerald stones all over the world. Emeralds, aka Panna, of Zambia origin, usually arise in a cool to deep green hue with a slight bluish overtone in mixed grades. Though, together with gorgeous green color, Zambian emeralds are renowned for their remarkable clarity, superior transparency, and high saturation. In a very small span of time, these emeralds grabbed a noted position in the international gemstone market owing to their distinctive qualities traits. 

          In general, cut, color, clarity, and carat weight are the 4 key parameters to analyze the quality of any gemstone, The same happens individually with Zambian Emeralds too. Underneath are the four factors discussed in detail. 


Color is by far the most crucial criterion for evaluating the quality and price of any emerald stone. The value largely depends on the beauty of the color. Generally, emeralds of Zambia come in deep green color with a slight overtone of blue. Although certain high-quality Zambian emeralds can be located in a pure green hue as well. These top qualities always fetch more value. Per carat price for Zambian emeralds reduces for too light or too pale colors.


Most of the Natural Zambian emeralds are included and henceforth, the relatively cleaner pieces usually demand a higher cost. They fall in the category of Type III crystals with 2 phase inclusion pattern that denotes that the gem will never be loupe clean, minor inclusions will always be there to reduce the clarity. Though some of the Zambian emeralds come with relatively good transparency and fewer inclusions, most of the Zambian emeralds generally contain inclusions like tiny fractures, specks, black dots, and cube-shaped crystals, which serve as identification marks and are fairly acceptable in the respective category of gemstones. Highly included Zambian Panna gemstone containing dots, clouds, and feather inclusions are comparatively cheaper.


Fine cuts add more value to the aesthetic of any precious gemstone. Typically, lapidaries prefer gemstones that save maximum carat weight with its cut without disturbing the beauty of the gem. Emerald cut, oval cut, square octagonal cut, and rectangular cut are some of the highly preferred cutting styles in Emeralds. Since fancy cuts like trillion cut and princess cut involve more wastage of the stone, hence are more expensive but less common. The oval cut is regarded as an economical choice in the emerald clan as it retains maximum carat weight and emerges equally beautiful. 

Carat weight 

Owing to the moderate hardness, Zambian Panna breaks off quite easily during its mining process. In such a scenario, large sizes are rarer in excellent quality. The cost of per carat Zambian emerald rises substantially with an increase in its carat weight (assuming the same quality).

Zambian Emerald Value is primarily determined on the basis of its quality and quality is further set on the famous four C’s that includes cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. The price of a loose real Zambian emerald stone generally begins from $20 per carat approx. and can reach as high as $5,000 for per carat depending upon the quality and rarity. 

              We, at Navratan, offer our customers premium quality colored gemstones along with an authenticity certificate at the best price segment. Explore the widest collection to buy Zambian Panna stone online at the most budget-friendly prices.

Origin tends to play a part in both the price and quality of the gemstone. Stunning blues from Kashmir thanks to their beautiful cornflower blues make up the best gemstones ever seen in history. Burmese gems and Srilankan (Ceylon) gems tend to have deeper tones with a lustrous midnight inky blue. Thai gems, although mostly heated, appear dark and can sometimes even have a greyish green tint. At Navratan, our collection of in-house gems come from a range of origins offering a plethora of choices to pick from.

Blue Sapphires are the ideal gemstone for everyday jewels. Their hard and durable exterior, make them resilient to wear and tear and are placed at 9 on the Moh scale of hardness. A blue visual display when light hits the gem, a beautiful natural blue sapphire will instantly remind you of a calming midnight sky.

An exclusive gemstone in its entirety, for the natural blue sapphire rarity and quality, go hand in hand. This makes the price of a desirable natural Blue Sapphire (Neelam) fall anywhere between INR 5,000-15,000 per carat and can go upward INR 100,000 per carat.

Understanding the price of the natural blue sapphire boils down to the following factors:

Color: An even royal blue that allows just the right amount of light into the gemstone, without any color zoning is a highly sought-after gems.
Clarity: Although internal features are inevitable, eye-clean gemstones demand higher values compared to heavily included natural sapphires. Fingerprints, crystals, needles can sometimes lower the durability of the gemstones making it imperative to understand the quality of the gemstone.
Carat Weight: Blue sapphires come in a range of sizes, from anywhere under a carat to larger gems sometimes even reaching around 20 carats (although extremely rare). The larger the gemstone with eye-clean appearances, paired with good color, the rarer its availability on the market.
Mining Location: Srilankan (Ceylon) Sapphires demand higher prices because of their clarity and excellent color, whereas Thai yellow sapphires are often heat-treated dropping their values.
Treatments: Unheated and untreated natural sapphires are far superior in terms of value, as enhancements only improve the appearance and saleability of a lower quality gem. Heat treatment gems are the next best option version of a natural untreated sapphire.
Mining Location: Kashmir, Burmese, and Srilankan gemstones fetch higher values thanks to their excellent colors. Thai sapphires are mostly commercial gems that sell at much cheaper rates as they are mostly treated.

Caring for your natural Blue Sapphire is imperative. Gemstones over time tend to attract dirt and grime and need an occasional bath. 

A safe way to clean your Blue Sapphire jewelry is:

  • Place gemstone studded jewelry in a bowl of warm soapy water, away from a basin

  • In the bowl scrub the piece lightly with an old, soft-bristled toothbrush

  • In the bowl, rinse with clean water 

  • Wipe dry

Bowl is to catch gemstones that might come out of their setting but can be returned to the jeweler to be reset. 

Do not use any harsh chemicals, light hand soap will work.

Jewelry pieces set with enamel and Kundan work should never be washed or put into an ultrasonic machine.


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