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Gemstone Picks: Go Green

Choose from a variety of green gemstones to show your unique style.

If green is your thing — or the perfect hue to polish your wardrobe — you have plenty of reasons to embrace it. Green gemstones range from the classic emerald to green-leaning turquoise to green garnets. When opting for green gemstone jewelry, your options are vast, with each stone exuding its own special attribute.

No matter what stone you choose to go green, you’ll be sure to showcase your own unique style.


Emerald is the premier precious green gemstone, evoking images of a bright, classic green hue. In actuality, emeralds come in a variety of shades of green, ranging from light and bright to a deeper bluish green. Emerald is the traditional birthstone for May.


Peridot is a bright and vibrant gemstone, ranging in color from yellowish green to lime to olive green. Historically, its hue and beauty sometimes led it to be confused with emerald. Peridot is a birthstone for August.

Green tourmaline

Tourmaline comes in a wide variety of colors, making it a favorite of jewelry designers and a stone that has a shade for everyone. Popular hues include not only green but also red, pink, blue, purple and black. Tourmaline can display several colors in the same stone, too. Tourmaline, along with opal, is an October birthstone.

Green garnets

The two common green garnets are tsavorite and demantoid. While their color spectrums overlap, these two varieties technically spring from different garnet groups and have different chemical makeups. The upshot for buying a green garnet? Tsavorites are typically a very bright green (closer to emerald) while demantoids have a slightly darker, grassy yellow hue.


Alexandrite is a rare gemstone that appears green in bright daylight and violet in lower light. Because it’s so rare, some jewelers stock synthetic versions of Alexandrite. Alexandrite is also one of June’s birthstones, along with pearl.


A gemstone with strong cultural and historical ties to China, jade ranges in color from emerald to gray-green to speckled green and white, and also comes more rarely in shades of yellow, pink, lavender and black. The most valuable variety is Imperial Jade, which exudes a rich emerald-green color. Jade is extremely durable, making it a great choice for casual jewelry and everyday wear.


While many of us consider turquoise a stone with a blue hue, plenty of these gemstones lean more heavily toward green. While it retains a strong cultural connection to the American southwest, turquoise is popping up in more innovative jewelry designs and is also one of December’s birthstones.


Labradorite stones have an opaque green-gray base, but when light hits them from a certain direction, a striking rainbow effect appears. Labradorite is sometimes called Black Moonstone or Falcon’s Eye, and is a popular choice in artisan jewelry designs.


Amazonite is an opaque, light bluish-green stone, almost turquoise in color and similar to jade and turquoise in style.

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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