JR Colombian Emeralds
Emeralds are probably the trickiest to buy of the big three colored gemstones (the other two being sapphires and rubies). The emerald is softer and more likely to have internal inclusions that can give the stone a clouded look. But a fine emerald has a bright green vibrancy and light to it that makes the gemstones so prized. At JR Colombian Emeralds they specialize in, of course, Colombian emeralds. They have a business partner in Bogota in the emerald district that allows them a direction connection to the Muzo, Coscuez, LaPita and Chivor mines. Their partner oversees the emerald mining operation located in the Coscuez and Muzo mines and is present at the front lines for some of the best finds. The ring that has me enthralled is this platinum design with a 2.8 carat emerald cut center stone surrounded but 1.10 total carats of diamond baguettes. Such beauty is pricey, this one will run you $26,500 but the store has many other pieces in a variety of price ranges.