All About Green Gems: Emeralds, Tourmaline, Tsavorite and More!
This episode is a Green Gem Spectacular! We unbox some of our best Green specimens and explore just how these green beauties get their color.
Firstly, we have a stunning vanadium chrysoberyl from JTV's Presidential Collection. It gets its color from vanadium, giving it a yellowish-green hue. Secondly, we have an extremely rare demantoid garnet, one of the most prized and valuable colored gemstones. This form of garnet is famous for its "horsetail inclusions" while coming in a yellowish-green hue with its color derived from chromium. Initially found in Russia under the rule of Czar Alendander II in 1868.
Peridot is colored from iron and comes in a vast array of yellowish-green hues. It is highly refractive; Egyptians called it the "gem of the sun." Cleopatra mistook this stone for emerald for years and loved it! Now we have May's beautiful green birthstone, emerald. The most prized emerald is one with a hint of blueish-green. Emerald is a valuable gemstone and is now lab-created by some sellers.
Next, we have one of gemologist Rebecca's favorite gemstones, tourmaline! Rebbeca is showing off a variety of green tourmaline hue. Tourmaline can be colored by chromium, a species called chrome tourmaline. We also have chrome diopside, which can only be mined for three months maximum due to extreme winter conditions. Chrome diopside comes in a deep green hue and can often be used as an alternative to emerald. Watch as Rebecca shows off a stunning and very expensive tsavorite garnet and more; join us now!