Gorgeous Greens

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:

Emerald
Emerald is 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 green. Emerald is the traditional birthstone for May.
Peridot
Peridot's 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 tones.
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
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
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 wear.
Turquoise
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 December's birthstones.
Labradorite
Labradorite 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.
Amazonite
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 style.

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