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I am considering the purchase of a quality loose emerald some time
in the not too ditant future. I happen to currently be "emerald
ignorant". Right now i am trying to do my homework on this, and
figured that orchid would be a good place to start. I have read
that it is considered to be acceptable practice to treat emeralds
with clear cedar oil before sale to hide the inherent flaws. Is
this true? I have seen emeralds so far advertised for thousands of
dollars for under 3 carats that have been treated as such. Are
there any stones that look good without treatment and are they
anywhere close to being affordable? I have heard stories about the
oil coming out with intensive cleaning leaving a less green flawed
ugly stone behind. I don't want to get caught in that mess.
At any rate, thanks very much for the input.