The sourcing arm at ILA works very closely with their gemstone factories. The ILA gemstone buyers visit the factories on a continuing basis to create the unique cuts that are prevalent in the line. A major part of the ILA buying process is to ensure that the factories abide by the stringent processes that ILA upholds in its own workshop and to ensure that the rough is sourced from sustainable mines.
With proper care, emerald jewelry can be quite durable even for everyday wear. To clean emeralds, gently scrub them with warm, soapy water and a soft toothbrush. Make sure to scrub gently, and remember to cover the sink with a soft rubber padding in case your jewelry slips from your hand. Use a lint-free cloth after to pat the emerald dry. Perform this cleaning method to remove all the dirt and bring it back to its original beauty.
Whenever your emeralds begin to look dull, a safe way to bring back their luster is by placing a tiny drop of cedar or baby oil on a q-tip and rubbing it across the surfaces of the emerald for a few minutes. You can clean the remaining oil on the surface with a lint-free cloth.
Finally, always handle emeralds with care. Avoid wearing them while doing household chores and strenuous tasks to protect them from unexpected blows. Store your emerald jewelry in a soft pouch individually or in a padded jewelry case with separate compartments. Always keep them away from other jewelry to avoid scratches.
ILA's emeralds originate in both Brasil and Zambia.
ILA gemologists have stringent standards for the emeralds that they source. The color will vary in tone based on the design but typically falls into the forest green hues. Emeralds have natural inclusions which are a part of the natural beauty of the mineral and are oiled to ensure their vibrance. Most emeralds, including all of ILA's emeralds, are heat treated unless otherwise specified. No other treatments are applied to our Emeralds.
Our turquoise originates from sustainably managed mines in Arizona.
To care for your turquoise jewelry avoid storing it with harder gemstones or other materials that might rub against the turquoise and cause damage.
Clean your turquoise in lukewarm soapy water and dry it immediately with a soft cloth. Avoid using commercial jewelry cleaners.
ILA uses sleeping beauty turquoise that originates from Arizona.
To complement our diamonds & gemstones, ILA uses natural sleeping beauty turquoise.