Luscious Greens

With its many hues and tones, green is the dominant colour in nature. From lush gardens to vast landscapes to mighty rainforests, it is ubiquitous.…

By Cynthia Unninayar

With its many hues and tones, green is the dominant colour in nature. From lush gardens to vast landscapes to mighty rainforests, it is ubiquitous. A powerful yet soothing colour, green evokes growth, renewal, and life. It is also the most restful colour for the human eye.

Green has become the symbol of the important environmental movement, both as an adjective and as a verb. Being green means thinking about the future of our planet. As in other industries, many people in the gem and jewellery sector are going green in their quest to promote sustainability, ethics and social responsibility along the entire supply chain, from mining the rough gemstone to marketing a beautiful piece of jewellery. 

Because of its importance in life, it stands to reason that green is one of the most important colours in the fashion world. “Colours for Spring/Summer 2023 are recalibrated for the new era we are entering,” reports Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Blending escapism with reality, wholesomeness and joy, we explore extreme contrast in mood and colour. There is utility and basicness to this season’s colour story, while at the same time, there is an uplifting vital sense of play that comes through.” The green component of Pantone’s colour palette for the Spring/Summer 2023 New York Fashion Week is Classic Green, “a nourishing green imbued with health-giving qualities.” 

The gemstones that evoke the tones of Classic Green include green diamond, emerald, demantoid garnet, tsavorite garnet, jade, sapphire, topaz, and tourmaline, among a wide variety of other lesser-known green stones. On these pages are a few of the spectacular pieces from jewellers worldwide who incorporate luscious greens – either alone or in combination with other beautiful gems into their creative jewellery.

Classic Green is one of Pantone’s fashion colour selections for the Spring/Summer 2023 New York Fashion Week.

Faceted sapphire from The Gem Monarchy (Australia).

Trapiche emerald from True Blue Minerals (Australia).

Faceted emerald from Sovereign Gems (Australia).

Faceted emerald from OAGems (Australia).

Faceted demantoid garnet from Constantin Wild (Germany).

Faceted tsavorite garnet from Hamid Bros (Australia).

Emerald and diamond earrings in 18K gold by Tresor (USA).

Jade bangle by David Lin Jades (USA).

Emerald and pearl “Bali” earrings in the Line x Gemfields Collection (UK).

Jade and diamond pendant in 18K gold by Green G (Hong Kong).

A selection of green gems blends with other colourful stones in this “Orchid” brooch in 18K gold by Crevoshay (USA).

Serpent bracelet in tsavorites, sapphires and tourmaline in 18K gold by Lydia Courteille (France).

Jade combines with grape garnets in this pendant by Mercurius Jewelry (USA) (Photo: Ella Sophie).

Emerald and diamond “Jaipur Gate” earrings by Alessio Boschi (Italy/Thailand).

Tsavorite is a striking accent to this pale greenish aquamarine cabochon set in 18K gold by Cris Porto (Brazil).

All photos are courtesy of the jewellery designer or gem dealer unless indicated otherwise.

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