Gemstone Showcase: Green Gemstones

Gemstone Showcase

PeridotGreen is a wonderful colour!  It looks great with a variety of skin tones, the colour is refined while still feeling organic and natural.  There are an amazing number of gemstones that come in varying shades of green, such as emerald, peridot, and jade, just to name a few.  Additionally, there are a lot of gemstones that, while not commonly green, depending on their chemical composition can be green, like Tourmaline, Opal, Topaz,Sapphire, Agate and more.  Read on below for a brief introduction to some of the most common Green Gemstones.

Emerald Earrings by BlueGreenJewels on Etsy
Emerald Earrings by BlueGreenJewels on Etsy

Emeralds

Emeralds are a variety of the mineral Beryl that has trace amounts of Chromium in it.  They scores a 7.5 – 8.0 on the Mohs Hardness Scale.  They are found and mined all over the world.  Emeralds are traditionally associated with May birthdays and the astrological sign Taurus.  Emeralds are symbols of faith and hope and are thought to bring the wearer abundant love, wisdom, and reason.

Vintage Jade Pendant by TopCatVintage on Etsy
Vintage Jade Pendant by TopCatVintage on Etsy

Jade

Jade is an ornamental stone that is made of silicate materials.  There are two varieties of Jade: Nephrite and Jadite.  Depending on the variety of Jade, it scores a 6.0 – 7.0 on the Mohs Hardness Scales.  Burma and Guatemala are the principle places that modern Jadite is mined.  Nephrite was mainly used in pre-1800 China and other early cultures around the world.  Jade is thought to bless whatever it touches, and is used as an amulet for good luck, friendships, and tranquility.

Vintage Peridot Ring by GTJewellers on Etsy
Vintage Peridot Ring by GTJewellers on Etsy

Peridot

Peridot is the gem quality variety of the mineral Olivine, a silicate with high magnesium levels.  It scores a 6.5 – 7.0 on the Mohs Hardness Scale.  It is mined all over the world and found in meteorites.  Peridot is associated with August birthdays and is one of the traditional birthstones for the Leo zodiac sign.  Peridot symbolizes prosperity and happiness and is thought to bring the wearer renewal, rebirth and lessen stress.

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