Top 9 Best Green Gemstones (2019 Review)

Apart from red and blue, green is also a popular choice for gemstones.​

​In this article, you'll learn about:

  • ​What green gemstones are
  • ​Where you can buy them
  • And our top picks for the best green gemstones
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What Are Green Gemstones?

Even though green gemstones are quite diverse, they are one of the most fancied stones by collectors, designers, and aficionados. Green gemstones possess symbolic meanings with nature, life, wealth, and energy.

If you love green, then you’ll have a nice read exploring the varieties of green gemstones giving you different hues to finesse your wardrobe.

Emeralds are the number one, most sought after green gemstones. Even though we have over 100 types of green gemstones in the world, people always confuse emeralds with most green gemstones.

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Where To Buy Green Gemstones?

Generally, green gemstones can be found in local jewelers and online stores. The expensive types may be harder to find but most will come out during auctions.​

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What Are The Types of Green Gemstones?

When choosing green gemstones, your options are wide, with each stone showing its own unique attribute. Here’s a list of some of the best types of green gemstones used in jewelry making:

  1. Emerald
  2. Green Diamond
  3. Green Garnet
  4. Jade
  5. Green Sapphire
  6. Peridot
  7. Demantoid Garnet
  8. Amazonite
  9. Green Topaz

Reviews of the 9 Best ​Green Gemstones Used in Jewelry

Emerald

  • ​Popular stone
  • Not very durable
  • Regularly treated
  • $100-$15,000

Emeralds with intense green shades fetch higher prices. Generally, the treatment, number of inclusions, and cut will also affect the price of an emerald.

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Originally mined in Egypt, emeralds have a deep green color, and are part of the Beryl group. The beautiful stones have an affinity to inclusions and fissures.

Perfectly smooth, eye-clean emeralds are quite valuable and difficult to come by.

Since emeralds are mainly green, the most important aspect of the stones is the color. Inclusions do not lower the value as compared to diamonds.

If well maintained, emeralds can last for long. The stone is generally tough (7.5 to 8 Mohs) and inclusions can cause the gemstone to become weak and prone to cracks.

Emeralds don’t do so well in a rough environment, so they’re usually treated and crack-filled to add to its stability and appearance as well. They are great for almost all types of jewelry, although special care is advised.

Pros

  • ​Wide price range
  • ​Fairly durable

Cons

  • ​Requires regular treating
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Green Diamond

  • ​Very rare
  • Lab-grown varieties available
  • Extremely valuable
  • $10,000 - $4million

Green diamonds are extremely hard to find. However, the ones available have different shades of green often classified from faint green to fancy intense or fancy deep.

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​The green shades are obtained from years of natural irradiation. Green diamonds are however not radioactive as the process of radiation dates back thousands of years ago.

Although not as pricey as its pink counterparts, green diamonds are very expensive with the deepest hues asking the most price. Even spotting a high quality fancy green diamond is tiresome.

This has led to some manufacturers lab-growing synthetic diamonds, which possess similar qualities at a fairer price.

Pros

  • ​Unique
  • ​Highly durable

Cons

  • ​Very expensive

Green Garnet

  • Very rare​
  • Popular gemstone
  • Reasonably expensive
  • Newly discovered gemstone
  • $1,000 - $20,000

Green garnet (aka Tsavorite Garnet) was first mined in Tanzania in the late ‘60s and is known to inspire love and commitment.

Considering when it was discovered, the stone is new in the gems world, and its green color comes from traces of chromium during its formation.

It is relatively hard (7 to 7.5 Mohs) and is barely treated. Tsavorite is a valuable variety of garnets due to its rarity and striking green hue. The stone is yet to have a lab-grown counterpart. Tsavorite is normally faceted to brighten up its brilliance.

Pros

  • ​Great substitute for emerald
  • ​Popular gem
  • ​Relatively tough

Cons

  • ​Quite expensive
  • Extremely rare

Jade

  • ​Popular in Asian countries
  • ​Vitreous to waxy luster
  • ​Tough but not very hard (6 Mohs)
  • ​$40-$200

Jade is an ornamental rock best used for jewelry making. Its discovery and usage can be traced back 7,000 years ago in Asian countries.

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In particular, “Imperial Jadeite” was a valued stone in China. Jade occurs in two main forms, Jadeite and Nephrite. Nephrite is waxier and has a smooth luster while Jadeite has a sugary texture.

Nephrite is not as rare and has a lower intrinsic value than Jadeite, which is hard to find. Due to its historical ties in China, Jadeite has more value in Asian countries.

Jade has a medium hardness (6 Mohs) but is fairly compact according to its composition, it is fairly compact. Jadeite is rarely faceted and cuts well into cabochons and other smooth cuts.

Pros

  • ​Quite durable
  • ​Portrays sense of royalty (esp. in China)

Cons

  • ​Low price to value
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Green Sapphire

  • ​Rare
  • ​Highly durable
  • ​Great brilliance
  • ​$800 - $7,000

A few years back, green sapphires were not that valuable. They have recently gained popularity that suddenly coincides with their rarity.

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Nowadays, it is difficult to find green sapphires. The green pigment in sapphires is a result of iron components that were available during its formation.

The green sapphire has different shades of green with “Green Star Sapphires” being the most attractive, especially when exposed to enough amounts of light. Since green sapphires are very rare, there are synthetic forms of this stone selling at affordable prices.

Green Sapphire has a high hardness of around 9 Mohs, making it a perfect choice for all types of jewelry. Heat-treating the gemstone is also a common industry practice for optimal brilliance and beauty.

Pros

  • ​Lasts longer
  • ​Lab-grown varieties available

Cons

  • ​Best varieties are quite expensive

Peridot

  1. Volcanic gemstone
  2. ​Fairly durable
  3. $50- $5,000

Peridot is one unique green gemstone, only found in volcanic deposits or areas that had violent volcanic activities.

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It is majorly found in one shade (idiochromatic) and will rarely show in other colors. The stone is fairly durable and a 6.5 to 7 hardness makes it useable for most jewelry.

Peridot mostly occurs eye-clean however, there are some that may contain minor inclusions as little black spots or pear-shaped inclusions only visible under a microscope.

Peridots can cut into different casts such as marquise, squares, and ovals. However, for engagement rings, the settings need to be protective, if you want the stone to last longer. Settings such as bezel are an ideal option.

Pros

  • ​Rare stone
  • ​Reasonable pricing
  • Durable

Cons

  • ​Cracks when exposed to rough wear

Demantoid Garnet

  • ​Excellent brilliance
  • ​​Highly priced
  • ​Rare gemstone
  • Contains inclusions
  • ​$900 - $20,000

Demantoid garnet is yet a type of green garnet (but not Green Garnet itself).

It’s different from Green Garnet in terms of chemical properties and its distinct grassy yellow hue. The stone is the most sought after in the garnet family as it is extremely rare. 

Demantoids have varying shades of green from faint to vivid green, with the latter being the most valuable. It is also difficult to find a demantoid without inclusions.

Luckily, the inclusions, in this case, add value to the stone. It has excellent brilliance, perfect for statement jewelry and everyday wear.

Pros

  • ​Great brilliance
  • ​​Medium hardness

Cons

  • ​Very expensive
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Amazonite

  • ​Named after Amazon River
  • ​Limited supply
  • ​White vein-like inclusions
  • ​Translucent to opaque
  • ​$10-$100

Although this gemstone coins its name from the Amazon River, we are yet to see any deposits from the Amazon.

Amazonite is commonly known for its white streaks patterned on a light green to leaf-green background.

The beauty of this stone is that it requires no treating to enhance it in any way. It is a bit hard and comes as a translucent to opaque gemstone.

Although the stone is somewhat rare, it is still reasonably priced. Due to its durability characteristics and inclusions, Amazonite is best to cut en cabochons or beads.

Pros

  • ​Unique patterned texture
  • ​​​Quite affordable

Cons

  • ​Slightly durable
  • Prone to cracks

Green Topaz 

  • ​Impeccable brilliance
  • ​Very durable
  • ​Rare color Topaz
  • ​$10 - $80

Topaz occurs as a colorless gem but due to inclusion of chromium or vanadium, some varieties will have green shades.

Green topaz has a vitreous luster, and not a common type of topaz.

Green topaz is quite hard (8 Mohs) and will fit into any kind of jewelry. Topaz is faceted to enhance its already excellent brilliance. Green topaz is often eye-clean and a few gems will have visible inclusions.​

Pros

  • ​High Durability
  • ​Affordable
  • Can cut in most settings

Cons

  • ​Not a popular green gemstone

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