Rare and valuable minerals

What natural stones are green?

Green is the color of life, a symbol of nature and serenity, harmony and security. This is the color of spring and rebirth, when everything around comes to life and the world is transformed. Bright shades of green exude freshness, vitality and purity. At the same time, calm variations of green relieve fatigue and evoke peace. The color palette of green natural minerals is extensive: from light grassy to deep emerald with a bluish, grayish, yellow or olive tint. The tone of the stone and the intensity of the color depend on the impurities included in the composition, the unequal composition of which gives the same rock a wide variety of shades. Natural green crystals are used in various fields. The rich tone is especially appreciated by jewelers. The incredible color palette is emphasized by open frames. Precious gems are mainly combined with classic light yellow and white gold and platinum. Yellow gold, silver, cupronickel and titanium are combined with ornamental minerals. The properties of green gems are beneficial for humans. Stones prevent spontaneous rash actions, relieve fatigue and give peace of mind, bringing peace and harmony to everyday life. In addition, minerals of the green palette can act as a talisman and amulet, protecting the owner from the evil eye, attracting good luck and financial well-being. Let’s look at the types of green stones and their features. The Emporium Gold salon offers you to buy jewelry from famous brands at a price of up to -50% of the boutique price. The authenticity of the products and the characteristics of the precious stones are confirmed by a certificate. Free delivery within Russia will be a pleasant bonus. Pay attention to promotional items with red price tags. Fancy bright green diamond 2,52 carats Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction, 2009

Green Diamond

A natural green diamond is the rarest variety of fancy color diamond. It is believed that this color occurs under the influence of chemical impurities or radioactive underground radiation during the crystallization process. For the most part, the color of green diamonds on the world market is represented by dark, yellowish-gray stones of low saturation. As a result, they learned to “color” transparent and pale green specimens using irradiation, resulting in a bright green shade – Fancy Vivid Green. On the jewelry market, only one flawlessly pure natural crystal with an intense green color comes across each year. Such stones are purchased to order or exhibited at major auctions. At jewelry exhibitions, the negotiated price for “grass” diamonds starts from 250 thousand dollars per 1 carat, and can reach 1 million dollars. So in 2009, the Green Diamond weighing 2,52 carats set a record price at Sotheby’s auction and was sold for $3,8 million. The purest green sapphire weighing 4,09 carats and white gold earrings with diamonds and colored sapphires (2 photos)

Green sapphire

This mineral belongs to a variety of corundum, and is called “Chlorine sapphire” or “Oriental emerald”. Characterized by high hardness, gloss and transparency. The colors range from pale yellow-green to deep rich and sometimes even blue-green. But more often the color is dim and appears grayish. Some sapphires are endowed with a distinctive feature. Inside the stone, alternating zones of blue and yellow are visible, which, overlapping each other, give a green tint. Sapphires are present in jewelry in all kinds of cuts. A popular shape is an oval or hemisphere. Large gemstones or specimens with a star-shaped optical effect are cut using the cabochon technique. Green sapphires are framed with silver or platinum. The silver color of the frame favorably emphasizes herbal shades, giving the desired depth. Rough minerals weighing more than 5 carats are considered collectible, and the price of such specimens starts at $3000 per carat. Smaller corundums are sold at a more affordable price – 75-80 dollars per 1 carat. Ring with 52 demantoid stones weighing 2,47 carats

Demantoid (green garnet)

A rare representative of the garnet group, whose name translates as “diamond-like”. It is characterized by transparency and strong dispersion – a unique play of light that can even be compared with a diamond. Demantoid is endowed with a natural green tint, but sometimes there are specimens with a purple, reddish, peach sheen or a cat’s eye effect. Primary importance is given to the cutting of the crystal. The main thing is the number of faces, and the shape can be any. This makes the gem much brighter and more unique. Green garnet is a self-sufficient stone that cannot be combined with other colored crystals. The frame is white metals: platinum, gold, silver. Jewelry with demantoid belongs to the luxury class with a high price. A crystal weighing more than two carats costs $2000. If the weight of the stone does not exceed 1 carat, the price is reduced to $200. Gold ring with emerald (Colombia) and diamonds, gold earrings with diamonds and emeralds 2,54Ct, Made in Italy ring with diamonds and emerald 0,6Ct, gold ring with diamonds and emerald 0,65Ct, gold brooch with emeralds and diamonds (5 photo)


Precious mineral of the beryl group of igneous origin. The color varies from yellow-green to blue-green, but the main tone invariably remains green. Emerald is characterized by the manifestation of dichroism: when the angle of illumination changes, the color of the crystal changes from yellowish to blue-green. Most stones have an emerald cut. Dull specimens with defects in the crystal structure become cabochons. Jewelry quality stones are set in rose, white or yellow gold, pale colored ones – in silver or a jewelry alloy, combined with colorless stones – diamonds, cubic zirconia. The cost of emeralds is ambiguous, but it is never low. Hazy ones with highly visible inclusions are estimated at $350-375 per carat. Dark green stones with a blue tint will cost an average of $9000 per carat. Chaumet style gold ring with tourmaline

Verdelite (green tourmaline)

Jewelry variety of tourmaline. The name comes from the Italian word “verde” – “green”. The variety of colors determines the presence of impurities and the degree of transparency of the crystal. For example, chemical compounds of iron and chromium contribute to the formation of a green color with solar reflections, and the presence of vanadium gives the stone the ability to change color depending on the viewing angle. In general, dense green, bluish-green and olive shades are characteristic. Transparent high-quality crystals are classified as precious stones and are used in jewelry. The step cut helps highlight the color of the stone, while the diamond cut accentuates the sparkle. Dark stones are refined using heat, producing an intense emerald color. Verdelite is often combined with gold and silver in an ensemble with other stones. The stone is on the market for 40-50 dollars per 1 carat of average quality. A blue-green specimen will cost $300-5000 per carat. Gold ring with diamonds and peridot (olivine)

Chrysolite (olivine)

It is a subspecies of the mineral olivine. The crystals are transparent and have a glassy luster with a slight “oily coating.” They are distinguished by optical effects, one of which is iridescence – a rainbow glow in the surface layer of the stone. Natural peridot is invariably green in color, only the shades vary. Under artificial lighting and evening light, the color of the stone becomes cold green. Excellent quality gemstones are used in the jewelry industry. Cheaper specimens with foreign inclusions or a cloudy tint are found at crafts fairs. Peridot is easy to cut and process. Samples with the effect of cat’s eye and asterism are shaped into cabochons. For the remaining specimens, step, emerald or diamond cuts are used. Crystals are inserted into brooches, bracelets, pendants, pendants and earrings, framed in gold and silver. The price of a stone up to 3 carats is $100–300 per carat. The value of large stones increases sharply and reaches $1000 per 1 carat. If you want to sell jewelry from famous brands, our salon will help you do this profitably. In 90% of cases we offer the highest price in Moscow. For a preliminary assessment, leave an online application on our website or write to our WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram (+7-985-727-75-55). Green is a color that fascinates with its depth and richness. All over the world people love it for many reasons. Firstly, it represents sophistication and elegance. Secondly, the color green symbolizes life and renewal. Thirdly, it gives a feeling of fresh energy and reminds us of nature. When it comes to color psychology and colorimetry, many people find this color incredibly calming as the brain associates green hues with being outdoors. The most famous green stone is emerald. But besides this precious stone, there are more than 100 types of green gems, which differ in shades, transparency, physical and chemical characteristics and price. Some of the green crystals are among the rarest and most expensive stones on the planet. The collection of the Maxim Demidov jewelry house contains 7 varieties of minerals with a green tint. We will tell you about them all in order. In the photo: green-colored gems.


This is the most famous green gem. It has been used in jewelry settings for many centuries and was the favorite crystal of the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. The ideal emerald is a clean and transparent stone with an evenly distributed rich green color. The brighter the shade, the more expensive the stone. Most emeralds contain inclusions, cloudiness, and gas bubbles. According to its physical and chemical properties, the gem has a hardness of 7,5 to 8 on the Mohs scale. Natural inclusions can weaken this property and make the stone brittle. That is why craftsmen select only the highest quality stones to create highly artistic jewelry. Often, emeralds are treated and cracks filled to increase the strength of the crystal and deepen the color. In the photo: Emerald in rock. Emeralds with different characteristics can be found all over the world. Unique deposits of green gems are located in the eastern part of the Cordillera in Colombia. The Brazilian deposits are also significant in scale. Other countries are also rich in emeralds: Mozambique, Namibia, USA, India, Pakistan, Madagascar, Zambia, Austria, Norway. In Russia, emeralds are found in the Urals. In the photo: the “Given by Love” set from the Maxim Demidov jewelry house. Emeralds are magnificent and their brilliance and beauty can rival other gemstones. The green gem has incomparable beauty and magical powers:

  • myths attribute emerald to the goddess of love, Venus. If lovers exchange rings with a green crystal, then their love does not weaken over the years, but only grows stronger;
  • In ancient times, emerald was used by orators for eloquence. Before public performances, they held the gem in their mouth.
  • Esotericists believe that the green mineral helps a person to see prophetic dreams;
  • Traditional healers also endow emerald with power. They believe that the gem protects its owner from infectious diseases, helps preserve youth, strengthens memory and develops attention.

We have dedicated a whole series of separate articles to the 1st order gem:

  • “How much does an emerald cost and how to distinguish it from a fake”;
  • “How and where emeralds are mined”;
  • “Colombian emeralds”;
  • “Malyshevsky emeralds”.

We have also prepared a video for you on our YouTube channel “Unique emeralds from all over the world.”


Demantoid is a type of garnet and is considered another rare gemstone. Jewelers and collectors value this green crystal for its incredible brilliance. The thing is that demantoid has a high refraction of light and has the property of dividing the beam that passes through the faces. Its range of shades includes many variations of green, yellowish-green and brownish-green with a golden sheen. It looks not only beautiful, but also unusual.

Large specimens of demantoid are rare; mostly small stones are found. Once cut, only a few gems weigh more than two carats, and most of them hardly exceed one.

In the photo: demantoid in rock.

Demantoid is mined in different countries of the world: Pakistan, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Italy. But the most valuable jewelry samples are mined in the Middle Urals and Namibia.

In the photo: “Great Discovery” necklace from the Maxim Demidov jewelry house.

As a talisman, the demantoid attracts financial success, helps to concentrate on business and successfully finish what you start.

Esotericists are sure that demantoid makes its owners attractive in the eyes of other people, brings happiness and helps in family life.

Lithotherapists believe that this green crystal gives vitality, prevents respiratory diseases and normalizes blood pressure.


Another valuable variety of garnet is tsavorite, which gets its striking green color from trace amounts of vanadium or chromium present in the crystal lattice. The color palette of the gem is very rich: from delicate light green to deep green.

Many tsavorites are small stones that are difficult to find, since layers of crystals have the amazing property of suddenly appearing and disappearing. It is rare to find tsavorite larger than 5 carats, and a cut stone is rarely larger than 2 carats.

In the photo: tsavorite in rock.

The stone is named after the place where it was discovered – in honor of the Tsavo National Park (Tsavo) in Kenya. Today, suppliers of tsavorite to the jewelry market are Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

In the photo: the “Symbol of Life” set from the Maxim Demidov jewelry house.

Esotericists claim that the green color of tsavorite promotes peace and peace of mind. It helps its owner not to take the negativity of the world around him seriously.

Traditional healers believe that tsavorite relieves eye strain and improves vision, relieves insomnia and nightmares, stabilizes blood pressure, improves metabolism, and protects against magnetic storms.

We couldn’t ignore this magnificent crystal and dedicated a separate article to it, “Tsavorite – African Emerald.”


Green quartz is better known as prasiolite The mineral was first discovered by the Greeks, who named it “prazinos,” which translated means “onion.” It’s all about color, as a hard gem with a glassy sheen and internal tints plays either emerald green or lemon gray shades. But the Greeks also noticed that the crystal could lose its color and become transparent when exposed to the sun for a long time.

In the photo: green quartz in rock.

There are not many places in the world where gem-quality green quartz has been found. The largest deposits are located in Brazil, Arizona, California, Poland, and India. In Russia, the mineral is mined in the Primorsky Territory.

In the photo: the “Propertia” set from the Maxim Demidov jewelry house.

Esotericists claim that green quartz can give owners peace of mind and help them better understand people. If you use the stone as a talisman, you should know that prasiolite patronizes business people and helps improve their financial status. Bioenergetics specialists say that the gem can drive away dark thoughts and fears, protect against troubles and instill confidence.

Lithotherapists are confident that the stone has multifaceted healing properties. Quartz can relieve the symptoms of colds, enhance the effect of vitamins taken, strengthen memory, improve tone and rejuvenate the skin.


Known for centuries, tourmaline first gained popularity in the 17th century when the Dutch began importing it from Sri Lanka. They gave the gemstone the name “turamali”, which means a stone of mixed colors. No gemstone has such a variety of colors as tourmaline. One of these beautiful varieties is verdelite – green tourmaline. This gem has a deep green color, glassy luster and shimmers beautifully in the sun. The mineral gets this color thanks to the chemical elements included in its composition – vanadium, chromium, and iron.

In the photo: tourmaline in rock.

Deposits of this stone have been found in Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Australia, Brazil and the USA. Green gems immediately attracted the attention of jewelers and collectors.

In the photo: the “Green Ray” set from the Maxim Demidov jewelry house.

In addition to verdelite, there is another green crystal in the tourmaline varieties – Chrome tourmaline. It gets its color from the main chemical element – chromium. Due to its concentration, shades can vary from yellowish green and light green to dark emerald.

In the photo: chrome tourmaline.

The main deposit of the gem is Tanzania. Raw materials of intense green color are mined here.

In the photo: the “Peace of Purity” set from the Maxim Demidov jewelry house.

It is believed that tourmalines are the stones of happy people. They promote a good mood, relieve depression, and make life easier, brighter and more joyful.

Esotericists believe that green tourmaline crystals give their owner the strength to withstand adversity and give willpower, wisdom, and energy.

Traditional healers are confident that tourmalines, as healing stones, are quite versatile. They treat diseases of the nervous system, blood, skin, preserve youth, strengthen memory and relieve pain.


Chrysolite is a type of mineral olivine – a silicate of iron and magnesium. Peridot is also sometimes called peridot. The name “peridot” itself comes from the Greek words “chrysos” – “golden” and “litho” – “stone”. The Romans called it “evening emerald” because at dusk the yellowish tint of the stone disappears and the gem turns green.

As for the palette of peridot shades itself, it is green with various reflections of golden, yellowish, pistachio, olive and brown colors.

In the photo: chrysolite in rock.

The best and most famous deposit of peridot is located on the island of Zeberegd, Egypt. The gem is also mined in Pakistan, Australia, South Africa, Norway, USA, China, Russia and Sri Lanka. Most of the peridot comes from the San Carlos Indian Reservation, Arizona, USA.

In the photo: the “Epic” ring from the Maxim Demidov jewelry house.

Ancient people believed that chrysolite eliminates curses and protects against the evil eye.

Esotericists claim that chrysolite is a stone of change that helps its owner start life from scratch. The gem gives vitality and faith after disappointments.

Bioenergeticists consider this stone a talisman for lovers and say that it protects its owner from family quarrels and adversity.

Traditional healers are sure that chrysolite helps with headaches, strengthens the immune system, helps relieve stress and relieves nightmares.

You can get to know this amazing gem better in our article “New life with the chrysolite stone.”

The color range of green minerals is very wide: from emerald green to yellow-green, so such gems can safely be called a symbol of evergreen spring. They look great in jewelry, and the owners of such stones are filled with the real power of nature, which helps them successfully implement their own plans. Maxim Demidov craftsmen create real masterpieces of jewelry art using a rich natural palette of precious stones. All highly artistic products can be found in our catalog.

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