If you’re naturally drawn to green, there are many beautiful gemstone options for you to choose from. From the deep jungle-green of emerald to the citrus hues of peridot, there is a perfectly-toned gemstone to match everyone’s skin tone, hair colour, and wardrobe colour palette.
As well as looking gorgeous, green gemstones are full of magical and symbolic meanings. Gemstones that are rich green in colour are said to represent nature, renewal and new life. Emerald, for example, is the birthstone for May which is perfectly fitting for such a fresh green stone, evocative of spring and summer time.
In addition to this, green gemstones are believed to represent balance and harmony and they’re thought to be exceptional mood balancers. Some even believe that they strengthen the connection between the mind and the heart and help you to better express your emotions. Others associate green gemstones with great wealth, believing that wearing a green gemstone is sure to improve your finances.
Whether you believe in the symbolic meaning of green gemstones or not, we can all agree that they’re truly stunning to look at. If you’ve fallen in love with green gemstones and are planning a new addition to your jewellery box, read on to find out more about some of the most beautiful types of green gemstones.
The emerald is undoubtedly the queen of green gemstones, and probably the one you’re most familiar with. The emerald is a variety of the mineral beryl, and it is formed when beryl contains the impurities chromium and vanadium. Emeralds can be found all around the world, but there are certain locations in which truly spectacular emeralds are located, such as Columbia and Brazil.
Over the centuries, emerald jewellery has been much loved and highly coveted. From the ancient Incas to the Hollywood actresses of the 20th century, no one has been able to get enough of this stunning green stone. Today, vintage emerald rings, necklaces, and bracelets are very popular, and this bright and bold gemstone can smoothly be incorporated into modern outfits.
This gemstone may be less well known than the glorious emerald, but its citrus tones make it a favourite for many. Peridot is a type of Olivine, which is formed in silica-poor igneous rocks, such as basalts, and can be found in Volcanic areas. Because tiny peridots are the most commonly found, it’s rare to see this gemstone set into jewellery. So, when you see an impressive, large peridot gemstone set into a ring, brooch, or necklace, you know that the piece is something special.
Peridots are believed to represent compassion and summon good health. There are also many legends surrounding the peridot that state that this stone conjures love, harmony, and calmness.
If you’re looking for a rich bottle green coloured gemstone, a tourmaline would be a great option. Although tourmaline can come in a variety of colours (depending on its chemical makeup), deep green examples are the most popular and well known. Green tourmaline is caused by traces of iron and titanium in the stone’s chemical makeup, whereas manganese impurities work to produce pink and red tourmaline.
As the birthstone for October, tourmaline jewellery would be a wonderful gift idea for anyone who celebrates a birthday in this month. In addition, this gemstone is also used to celebrate an eighth wedding anniversary.
Another popular green gemstone, especially if you’re looking for something smooth rather than sparkly, is jade. In fact, jade is actually made up of two sperate gems: nephrite and jadeite. It has traditionally been a highly coveted material in China, where it is considered a symbol of heaven. Today, however, the Western world is more interested in jade than ever, and many gorgeous jade jewellery pieces are being created.
The use of jade can be traced back to the stone age when it was crafted into weapons, tool, and ornaments. Jade is particularly tough, and exquisite ancient jade carvings have withstood the test of time – many impressive examples can be spied in museums today.
There are so many green gemstones to choose from, and all of them look exceptional when crafted into jewellery pieces, whether antique, vintage, or contemporary. Have you decided which green gemstone is your favourite yet?