Nothing is more elegant than a green gemstone, though they are seriously underappreciated in the world of jewelry. When you think about green gemstones, emeralds probably come to mind, but there are so many more options to choose from. Here are a few of our favorite green jewels and what makes them unique.
Emerald
This gemstone is actually a variety of beryl that’s tinted green by chromium. Emeralds are a symbol of hope and preservation. They are believed to bring tranquility and wisdom to those who wear them. Most commercial emeralds come from Colombia, though they can be found all over the world. Their price escalates depending on the quality, but a quality-grade gem will cost you a little more than $3,000 per carat.
Peridots’ hues can vary slightly, but they are almost always a pale green with a hint of yellow or gold.
Peridot
Peridot is one of the only gems that has no color variants. A vivid, pale green with hints of yellow, it’s the perfect birthstone for August. This gemstone has been popular in jewelry since early Egypt. They’re believed to increase confidence, prosperity and happiness. Because of their abundance, the stones are generally inexpensive.
Jade
Historically known more for its toughness than for its beauty, jade is one of the oldest gemstones known to man. It symbolizes energy, healing and creativity. In ancient China, it was made famous for its supposed medicinal properties for treating kidney and bladder illnesses. Common jade is typically inexpensive, though a high-quality translucent stone will cost you around $1,200 per carat.
Green Tourmaline
Ranging in color from pale green to a deep emerald, this gemstone is heralded as a bringer of luck, success and abundance. Tourmalines are notoriously difficult to cut and require special care from an expert cutter. The stones are considered incredibly rare, so getting your hands on a quality one will cost you a pretty penny.
Moldavite
Sometimes referred to as the “Holy Grail Stone,” moldavite is said to bring good luck and fulfill wishes. This mossy green, glass-like mineral is incredibly rare and only found in Czechoslovakia. While its origins are unknown, a popular theory speculates that the gem was created from a large meteorite impact from millions of years ago. The price for a piece of Moldavite varies greatly between the quality of the stone.
Green Spinel
Spinel comes in a myriad of colors with green being the most stunning variant. Green spinel symbolizes money, wealth and prosperity. Spinels are found in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Burma, and are often mistaken for other gemstones at first glance. They can also be created synthetically, but they lose their value when manufactured this way.
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