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Enviable precious gemstone: Green beryl

from Color-n-Ice

Let's sort this out: All emeralds are a variety of green beryl. But not all green beryls are classified as emeralds. No, it's not a trick; just a way to further separate precious stones within the beryl family of minerals. Beryls are a group of gemstones owing to their clean crisp tints. Think aquamarine, morganite, heliodor, even that teensy rosy bixbite. To the cognoscenti, the line is drawn between emerald and green beryl on matters of saturation and light — or richer greens. The deeper more intense greens toss the stone in the emerald group. Ideally, an emerald is recognized by a strong deep green, and often with a very slight bluish back color. more

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