Gemstone Picks – Gorgeous Greens
Ranging from the classic emerald to
green-leaning turquoise to green garnets, when opting for green
gemstone jewellery, your choices are vast, with each stone showing
off its own special attribute. So, whether green is always your
thing, or the perfect hue to offset a special outfit – you have
plenty of reasons to embrace it. Here's some brief information on the
variety of green gemstones and the nuanced differences between them:
the premier precious green gemstone. Although often thought of as a
bright, classic green hue, in actuality, emeralds come in various
shades of green, ranging from light and bright to a deep bluish
is the traditional birthstone for May.
hue and beauty has sometimes led it to be confused with emerald.
This birthstone for August is bright and vibrant, ranging in colour
from yellowish greens to refreshing lime hues and smooth olive green
- Green tourmaline
- Tourmaline comes in a wide variety of colours, making it a
favourite of jewellery designers and a stone that has a shade for
everyone. Green isn't the only popular hue; others include red,
pink, blue, purple and black. Tourmaline can display several colours
in the same stone and along with opal, it is an October birthstone.
- Green garnets
- The two common green garnets are called 'tsavorite' and
'demantoid' and although they technically belong to different garnet
families, their colour spectrums overlap. Tsavorites are typically a
very bright green (closer to emerald) while demantoids have a
slightly darker, grassy yellow hue.
- Alexandrite is a rare gemstone that appears green in bright
daylight and violet in lower light. Because it's so rare, some
jewellers stock synthetic versions of Alexandrite. Alexandrite is
also one of June's birthstones, along with pearl.
- Jade ranges in colour from emerald to gray-green to speckled
green and white, and also comes more rarely in shades of yellow,
pink, lavender and black. A gemstone with strong cultural and
historical ties to China, the most valuable variety is 'Imperial
Jade', which portrays a rich emerald-green colour. Jade is extremely
durable, making it a great choice for casual jewellery and everyday
- While many of us consider turquoise as a stone with a blue
hue, plenty of these gemstones lean more heavily toward green.
Turquoise is popping up in more innovative jewellery designs and is
becoming popular in all types of accessories. It is also one of
stones could be described as more grey than green but they have an
opaque green-gray base that in certain lights shows a striking
rainbow effect. Labradorite
is sometimes called 'Black Moonstone' or 'Falcon's Eye', and is a
popular choice in artisan jewellery designs.
- Similar to jade and turquoise in style Amazonite is an
opaque, light bluish-green stone, almost turquoise in colour.
With so many shades and varieties of green gemstones to choose
from, you're certain to find one (or a few!) to match your personal