“It’s not that easy being green, having to spend each day the color of the leaves.
When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold or something more colorful than that”.
Poor thing, it took him the whole song to figure out that being green wasn’t that bad.
Too bad he didn’t look in my collection of gemstones before he felt too sorry for himself. I could have shown him that green is pretty darn awesome.
Taking a dive into my boxes (and boxes) of gemstones, I found so much green, Kermit would have felt right at home. Let me tell you some of what I found.
If you were the average person when thinking of green gemstones, you might think of emerald, peridot, and jade (of course.) But I’m sure you’re not the average person, so let’s explore some other stones that you might like.
Malachite is a green stone that is probably more well-known than some of the others that I’ve dug up. But it’s so pretty, and looks so amazing when wrapped in silver wire, I had to share it with you.
Ruby in Fuchsite
There is Ruby in Fuchsite (I mentioned it in this blog post, but have since been schooled in the proper name…Ruby in Fuchsite, not Ruby Fuchsite). The Fuchsite is the green part, and the green comes from the chromium, while the “Ruby” is actually corundum, which is a red mineral, not actual ruby.
I love working with Chrysocolla, which ranges in color from blues to greens. The green color comes from the copper content in the stone. When I was looking up more information on the stone, I found out that it is often coated in a druzy layer of quartz crystal…I think I’ll need to keep my eye out for one of those (all about sparkle).
Serpentine is a gemstone that is not actually a single mineral, but a group of related minerals, and while it can be found in many colors, it’s most predominant color is (surprise!) green. Oftentimes you’ll see striations in serpentine because of the way the minerals form together, but this one was such an unusual pattern. It’s just been wrapped this week, so it’s available for your collection.
Ocean Jasper (also known as orbicular jasper) is an unusual stone that was found only in Madagascar and only mined at low tide. It is now mined out and a rare find. If you find one, snag it. Its colors range from pink, red, black, blue, and of course, green. The stone is known by its wavy lines, polka dots, and florets.
Yellow Turquoise is a jasper/serpentine stone with a hematite webbing, rather than a true turquoise. It’s really more green than yellow, but you get the drift.
Next month, the greens of summer will give way to golds and browns…it may not be easy being green, but maybe it will be easier being gold or brown (or red or orange).