I am looking to purchase a piece of emerald jewelry for my mother. My son was born in May and I would like to get her something in his birthstone. I don't know that much about emeralds, but from what I've seen, natural emeralds are either very cloudy or very very expensive. My mom and I have talked about emeralds in the past, and commented on how we don't find them pretty if they are cloudy. Since I don't have thousands to shell out for a clear stone, what is your opinion on lab created stones? Are they worth the cost? I am looking at an 8mm created pendant in 14k from Costco for $240, but I'm not sure if I should spend that much for a lab created stone. Any emerald advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you.