are three indisputable kings of green in gemstones: Emerald, Tsavorite
and Jadeite. Everyone loves green in at least one of its many shades,
but not everyone is keen on expensive fragile emeralds or jadeite which
is more important in China than diamonds are in the United States. So
here is our list of 10 other unusual or more obscure examples of green
gemstones you may not have heard about or discovered.
Garnet is the most widely accepted birthstone for January the 2nd
anniversary of marriage, but in fact garnet is a family of at least six
related and cross-mixed varieties available in almost every color of the
spectrum and in a price range for every budget.
The family name
Garnet comes from the Latin word “Garanatus”, which means “seedlike” in
reference to a pomegranate seed size and color, and to add more
confusion, garnets are usually called by their trade names that represent
either a very specific color, like Mandarin Garnet and Color Change
Garnet, or a place where that garnet was discovered and mined, like
Bohemian garnet, Tsavorite or Mozambique Garnet.
The following are the 10 most popular members of the garnet family:
Garnet varieties are found in almost every color of the spectrum, but
the rarest of these are the blue color changing garnets discovered
recently in Madagascar and the green demantoid garnets discovered in
Russia more than a century ago. And, although garnets are found on every
continent, Africa is and will most probably continue to be the most
important and diverse source for the best garnets of any color.