They say you can’t buy a real emerald for under US $500. We think that’s wrong. And that’s why we have our value range of GOOD-rated gemstones, of which this is one. We think that when choosing any stone it is important to take into account the “garden” — the appearance of the fissures, liquids, and other minerals which form the inclusions, and this stone in particular has a lovely, crisp, crystalline garden, clearly visible in the certificate photograph. Highly recommended and a real bargain at this price.