Green Gemstones

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Often when shopping for their next beautiful piece of jewelry some people tend to start their search with a specific color in mind. There are many different types of Green Gemstones and Semi Precious Stones for jewelry lovers all over the world to show off. Each of these four gemstones has their own individual properties that make them desirable to gemstone connoisseurs and consumers all over the world.

Peridot

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This lime-green stone is the birthstone for April, and is primarily found in Pakistan, Mayammar, and Egypt, but it can be found all over the world. Peridot is relatively abundant and is the gemstone quality variety of the mineral group Olivine. The Arabic word for gem is ‘Faridat’, and it is believed that this is where the name originates from, and Peridot is also sometimes known as Chrysolite. Due to its abundance, matching Peridot stones can often be found, making it a popular choice with jewelry for making earrings and other designs that require pairs of similar stones. Its lack of rarity also helps keep Peridot affordable.

Green Tourmaline

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This green gemstone also goes by other names; Verdelite, Elbaite, chrome tourmaline, or Brazilian tourmaline. Tourmaline in general can have a very wide price range, and there are many varieties of the stone that have different rarity and popularity. Green Tourmaline in particular is reasonably uncommon, but despite this, many associate the color green with the Tourmaline gemstone in general. Even within just the green variety, there is a range of colors available, from lighter and more yellow-green shades to dark green or even green-blue, almost resembling aquamarine. Generally speaking, darker and deeper greens are more valuable than their lighter counterparts. Despite sometimes being called Brazilian tourmaline, this variety actually comes from a wide range of sources.

Tsavorite

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Tsavorite is a grossular garnet, and is a very rare and highly sought after gemstone. These gems are a relatively recent discovery, and can be found near Tsavo National Park in Africa in the 1960’s; the name derives from this location. The color of these gems can range from light green to dark forest green, and the stone bears some similarity to the popular gemstone Emerald. However, Tsavorite is rarer, and despite being less well known than Emerald, is more highly prized within the gem collecting and jewelry communities. With Tsavorite, deeper, richer green colors in the gem are more valuable. If you’re buying a gift for a particularly special occasion and want an exotic variety of green gemstone, Tsavorite could be what you’re looking for.

Chrome Diopside

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Chrome Diopside is found all over the world, but it is primarily found in Russia in the region of Siberia. This gemstone has relatively low hardness, and is more suited for use in earrings, necklaces, and pendants rather than rings or bracelets, which suffer from more wear and tear. When cut and used for smaller applications, the color shines a brilliant green hue that is unmatched by other green gems. This gemstone is one of the most affordable of all of the green gemstones, making it an abundant and popular choice for jewelry. This stone is the birthstone for the month of March. As with most other green gemstones, deeper, darker greens are more sought after, as are gems with higher clarity.

For those looking for green gemstones to add to their gemstone collection, or merely looking to buy or make a piece of jewelry, there are a good variety of options available. Keep in mind that clarity and color are the primary methods of judging green gemstones, Now go out and buy a stone that will have your friends green with envy.

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1 comment for “Green Gemstones

  1. Patti
    September 2, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I recently purchased a necklace that I thought was a light green tanzanite; in fact, the sales clerk told me that it was. When I got home, I noticed that she wrote (bad handwriting, so may have some characters wrong) praesidite. Tried looking it up and couldn’t find it.
    Any thoughts?

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