With it being October there are always thoughts of tourmaline—this month’s birthstone. Green tourmaline comes in a lot of shades of green. The gem in the picture shows us what a really great green tourmaline looks like. Green itself as a color is a little complicated since it is a secondary color and is a combination of blue and yellow. In the case of green tourmaline these are the attributes which tend to be coveted:
- Not too dark. There are oodles of green tourmaline that are too dark so as to be attractive. There are quite a much smaller number of green tourmaline gems that are a light and lively green. Our sample is light and lively almost like the Caribbean Sea. Mmmm!
- Not too yellow. Amongst the many green tourmalines which are too dark is a preponderance of gems that are also too yellow. In fact these gems have so much yellow in the green that they are what can only be called beer bottle green.
- A little more blue than yellow. As we can see in our sample we have a green that is slightly more blue than yellow—and yet green, green, green.