Is it really March already? The calendar says so, and that can only mean we Northern Hemisphere dwellers will soon be welcoming in spring and packing up our winter wardrobes. But March means more than just spring — it also means St. Patrick’s Day is on the way!
Wednesday, March 17, marks this year’s celebration, and we’ve got just what you need to invite good fortune AND to wear something green to protect yourself from being unwittingly pinched.
The Luck of the Irish
To kick off your social-distanced St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, we’re highlighting five gemstones that will have you and your customers green with envy. We suggest getting your hands on these gems as soon as possible so that you can enjoy the luck of the Irish all March long.
1. Fancy Green Moissanite
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, our gemstone team is THRILLED to introduce a most fitting gem: fancy green Stuller Lab-Created Moissanite™ (in addition to four other new fancy colors).
Offering both a lush green hue with the intense sparkle that is Moissanite’s claim to fame, our green Lab-Created Moissanite is perfect for any green aficionado. Share these cool facts about Moissanite to let them know you’re their gemstone expert for any need:
- This stone was discovered in an Arizona meteorite crater, but all Moissanite used in jewelry today is created in a lab
- Ranking at 9.25 on the Mohs Scale, Moissanite is harder than ruby and sapphire — and strong enough for daily wear in engagement rings, fashion styles, and body jewelry alike
- Moissanite has more than twice as much sparkle as diamonds due to its unique refractive properties
- Scientifically known as silicon carbide, Moissanite is used in computer motherboards
Stay tuned for next month’s Sell With a Story, where we’ll do a deep dive into everything about Lab-Created Moissanite: its history, our two brands, Stuller’s five fancy colors, and even a new video showcasing why Moissanite is so marvelous.
In the meantime, you can shop our colored Lab-Created Moissanite here or learn more about the benefits of this wonderful gem.
Ranging in hue from a warm yellow-green to a cool blue-green, it’s no surprise we embrace emerald for those born in May, the height of spring. As one of the Big Three gemstones, emerald has endured in popularity for centuries, being THE go-to gemstone for all things green.
Of course, there’s a variety of green gems available today, but for customers who want the traditional green gem, emerald is the only choice. Just be sure to treat it with care since these gems can be finicky and fragile to work with.
- The name emerald finds its root in the Sanskrit word marakata, meaning the green of growing things
- Due to its lush, rolling countryside, Ireland is famously known as the Emerald Isle
- Emeralds and emerald jewelry are the gifts for the 35th wedding anniversary
- The world’s largest emerald is a privately owned 7,052-carat uncut crystal from Colombia
3. Demantoid Garnet
Garnet comes in a wide range of richly hued shades that are both reasonably priced and readily available. But as with all stones, there are select types that are superstars. In garnet, that standout superstar stone is the Demantoid variety.
Getting its eye-popping color from trace amounts of chromium and ferric iron, this lime-green gem has one thing that makes it outshine the rest of the garnet family: Demantoid garnet has incredible fire dispersion — more so than diamonds!
- Demantoid, meaning diamond-like, comes from the old German word demant
- The highest quality gems come from Russia’s Ural Mountains, where it was discovered in 1853
- Faceted stones above two carats are rare, and most are under one carat
- Some have beautiful, unique golden horsetail inclusions — which make them even more valuable
You can find Demantoid garnet in Stuller Notable Gems®.
4. Tsavorite Garnet
Meet the other green giant of the garnet family: Tsavorite. This vivid grass-green gemstone gets its color from the element vanadium, although some Tsavorite garnets contain other elements that give their exceptional color a whisper of blue.
Tsavorite has a long, rich history that starts with its 1961 discovery — which you can read all about in our in-depth analysis at Sell With a Story: Tsavorite Garnet.
- Tsavorite is an excellent, more durable birthstone option for May babies who shy away from their traditional emerald
- Tsavorite’s name comes from Kenya’s Tsavo National Park
- The finest quality Tsavorite hails from a deposit in Kenya’s Kuranze region
- Most Tsavorite is natural and untreated, so the stone you receive looks exactly how it came out of the ground, offering the raw beauty of Mother Nature to customers
Also called the Evening Emerald, peridot is a radiant green with a hint of gold. This lush hue embodies true splendor and growth. While best known as the birthstone for August babies, anyone can enjoy peridot’s unique shade — and indeed, people are enjoying it, as peridot has been trending in a huge way recently.
If you have a customer who loves peridot for what it is, let them know that birthstones aren’t limited only to those born in a specific month. Anyone can enjoy this lovely bright green, perfect for both a spring celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and for sweltering summer days spent poolside.
- Peridot is the gift for the 16th wedding anniversary
- Why pear-a-doe and not pear-a-dot? Peridot was first mined in the town of Peridot, Arizona
- Peridot is one of few gemstones that appears in exactly one color: a perfect pistachio panache
- The oldest peridot gemstones came to Earth in a meteorite, and they’re 4.5 billion years old — a far cry from the meager millions of years of Earth-forged Peridot
More Things Green
Are you feeling the luck of the Irish (or perhaps even envy) yet? If not, check out these previous Sell With a Story blogs about some lesser-known green gemstones:
- Sell With a Story: Jade Gemstones
- Sell With a Story: Chrysoprase Jewelry
- Sell With a Story: Bloodstone
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With more than one million gemstones in our inventory and our next-day delivery on all in-stock products, we can get you what you need, when you need it — with the spectacular customer service for which we’re known.