When shopping for their next beautiful piece of jewelry, some people start their search with a specific color in mind. There are many different types of green gemstones and semi-precious stones for jewelry lovers worldwide to show off. Each of these four gemstones has its own properties that make them desirable to gemstone connoisseurs and consumers worldwide.


Natural Green Peridot

This lime-green stone is the birthstone for April and is primarily found in Pakistan, Myanmar, and Egypt, but it can be found worldwide. Peridot is a relatively abundant gemstone-quality variety in the mineral group Olivine.

The Arabic word for the gem is ‘Faridat,’ which is believed to be where the name originates from. Peridot is also sometimes known as Chrysolite.

Due to its abundance, matching Peridot stones can often be found, making it a popular choice with jewelry for making earrings and other designs that require pairs of similar stones. Its lack of rarity also helps keep Peridot affordable.

Green Tourmaline

Green Tourmaline

This green gemstone also goes by other names: Verdelite, Elbaite, chrome tourmaline, or Brazilian Tourmaline. Tourmaline in general can have a very wide price range, and many varieties of the stone have different rarity and popularity.

Green Tourmaline in particular is reasonably uncommon, but despite this, many associate the color green with the Tourmaline gemstone in general.

Even within the green variety, a range of colors is available, from lighter and more yellow-green shades to dark green or even green-blue, almost resembling aquamarine.

Generally, darker and deeper greens are more valuable than their lighter counterparts. Despite sometimes being called Brazilian Tourmaline, this variety comes from various sources.


Tsavorite garnet

Tsavorite is a grossular garnet and is a very rare and highly sought after gemstone. These gems are a relatively recent discovery, and can be found near Tsavo National Park in Africa in the 1960’s; the name derives from this location.

The color of these gems can range from light green to dark forest green, and the stone bears some similarity to the popular gemstone Emerald.

However, Tsavorite is rarer, and despite being less well known than Emerald, it is more highly prized within the gem collecting and jewelry communities.

With Tsavorite, the gem’s deeper, richer green colors are more valuable. If you’re buying a gift for a particularly special occasion and want an exotic green gemstone, Tsavorite could be what you’re looking for.

Chrome Diopside

Chrome Diopside

Chrome Diopside is found worldwide, but it is primarily found in Russia, in the Siberia region. This gemstone has relatively low hardness and is more suited for use in earrings, necklaces, and pendants rather than rings or bracelets, which suffer from more wear and tear.

When cut and used for smaller applications, the color shines a brilliant green hue unmatched by other green gems. This gemstone is one of the most affordable green gemstones, making it an abundant and popular choice for jewelry.

This stone is the birthstone for March. As with most other green gemstones, deeper, darker greens are more sought after than gems with higher clarity.

For those looking for green gemstones to add to their gemstone collection or merely looking to buy or make a piece of jewelry, a good variety of options are available.

Remember that clarity and color are the primary methods of judging green gemstones. Now go out and buy a stone that will have your friends green with envy.

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