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An Ode to Green Gemstone Jewels (but Mostly Chrysoprase)


If the 2022 edition of the JCK Las Vegas show could be described by only one color, it would be green.

Sure, other hues put forth convincing arguments to be defined as the color of summer (orange and, as always, blue), but green was everywhere at the show. On people’s clothing, their nails, even their hair. In jewelry, from the lush bicolor tourmalines to talk-of-the-town Montana sapphires (which gives off a verdant hue), green really was the color to beat this year.

Gemella Bombae chrysoprase ring
BomBae ring in 18k yellow gold with chrysoprase and 0.22 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,700; Gemella Jewels
Ananya mint Chakra collar
Chakra collar in 18k yellow gold with 88.87 cts. t.w. mint jade, 1.1 cts. t.w. blue topaz, and 2.62 cts. t.w. diamonds, $11,400; Ananya
Darius double mint emerald ring
Double Mint ring in 18k yellow gold with 4.52 cts. t.w. emeralds, $17,650; Darius

If you visit any popular fashion site, you’ll find the same. New arrivals on Net-A-Porter, for example, showcase a range of green: a Lanvin cape dress in emerald, an Oscar de la Renta dress in teal, kicky satin mules in mint, Irene Neuwirth chrysoprase earrings. There are shades of avocado and chartreuse, forest and jungle green.

Greenwich St Jewelers Sierra ring
Sierra toi et moi ring in 14k yellow gold with 0.71 ct. white sapphire and 0.65 ct. green tourmaline, $1,875; G. St by Greenwich St. Jewelers
Lord Jewelry Rock Candy emerald ring
Rock Candy ring in 18k yellow gold and enamel with 1.44 cts. t.w. emeralds and 0.4 ct. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Lord Jewelry
Kimberly McDonald chrysoprase scarab pin
Scarab lapel pin 18k white gold with 14.54 ct. chrysoprase and 0.29 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,975; Kimberly McDonald
Uniform Object sphene ring
Ring in 18k yellow gold with sphene, price on request; Uniform Object
Syna Cosmic Sun stud earrings
Cosmic Sun stud earrings in 18k yellow gold with 4 cts. t.w. chrysoprase and 0.1 ct. t.w. champagne diamonds, $1,650; Syna
Nikki Lorenz green tourmaline Beacon ring
Beacon ring in 18k yellow gold with green tourmaline, $3,200; Nikki Lorenz Designs

We often spend effort trying to define the colors we see that it’s almost shocking when met with an OG shade. A simple green feels revolutionary, and maybe that’s because it’s taken off with fashion designers in such a way.

Dale Novick green topaz architectural ring
Architectural ring in 18k yellow gold with green topaz, $6,500; Dale Novick
Campbell and Charlotte Edge necklace
The Edge Ferris Wheel pendant in 14k yellow gold with chrysoprase, sapphires, and diamonds, $7,680; Campbell + Charlotte
Gem Breakfast green sapphire ring
Maestro ring in 14k yellow gold with 2.03 ct. green hexagon-cut sapphire, 0.23 ct. t.w. trillion rose-cut diamonds, and 0.06 ct. t.w. round brilliant diamonds, $4,400; Emily Gill (available at Gem Breakfast)
Nadine Aysoy green pendant
Tsarina Mint Flake necklace in 18k black gold with 5.27 ct. green amethyst, 38.47 ct. chrysoprase, 0.25 ct. t.w. tsavorites, and 0.51 ct. t.w. diamonds, $10,890; Nadine Aysoy
Margaux Clavel Luz ring
Luz ring in 18k yellow gold with mint green tourmaline and diamonds, $2,310; Margaux Clavel

You might like to call it lime green, kelly green, or grass, but most fashion brands are simply listing their pieces as “green”—even when labeling other colors with more imaginative names.

Louiza peridot ring
One-of-a-kind ring in 18k white gold, carbon fiber, and titanium with peridot and diamonds, $7,895; Louiza Jewellery
Bounkit chrysoprase flower brooch
Brooch/pendant in 14k gold–plated brass with mother-of-pearl and chrysoprase, $300; Bounkit
Rush Jewelry Design jade ring
Demi Draper ring in 18k yellow gold with jade and Montana sapphire, $7,500; Rush Jewelry Design
Margery Hirschey tourmaline ring
Ring in 18k yellow gold with tourmaline, price on request; Margery Hirschey

So what does that look like in jewelry? The aforementioned chrysoprase is a spot-on example, as good as it gets, really. But also jade, the right tourmaline, and even a peridot, though on the brighter side, make for a great match.

And the thing about green is, though it’s especially popular at the moment, it never ever goes out of style.

Top: Chime earrings in sterling silver and black rhodium finish with chrysoprase and malachite, $1,075; Nakard

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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