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Verdelite (Green Tourmaline)
Verdelite, also known as green tourmaline, is a type of elbaite, a mineral species of the tourmaline group. Verdelite got its name from two languages Italian (verde green) and Greek (lithos stone). The most highly valued are transparent crystals of bright saturated color. These examples of green tourmalines are utilized as faceted inserts in jewelry, such as rings, and even as rare collector's items.
Description of green tourmaline:
Tints of this lovely type of tourmaline minerals range from translucent herbaceous to deep green. The uneven distribution of impurities often creates a bizarre play of hues in the crystals of tourmaline verdelite.
Place of mining:
The stone is mined in such territories as Brazil, Afganistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Namibia, and, Mozambique. Tourmaline deposits are far from depleted. Stone mining is carried out on a global scale and fully meets the requirements of the market.
It is believed that this stone has the most beautiful and rich color. Due to this fact, the tourmaline of this shade is often confused, even with emerald. Such tourmaline is widely used in jewelry. Products with these green stones will complement any look and make it more mysterious and deep. Most often, jewelers frame a crystal with gold or silver. At the same time, they like to complement the composition with other stones. Verdelite is often combined with diamond and citrine. You can always find pendants, rings, brooches, earrings, and beads with these green tourmalines in the assortment of famous jewelry houses.
Speaking about the physical properties of tourmaline verdelite, there are:
Hardness 7-7.5 out of 10 on the Mohs scale.
The density of the mineral is 2.98-3.20 g cm3.
Refractive indices 1.619 to 1.643. This is essential for determining the authenticity of the stone.
Characterized dichroism in transmitted polarized light, it is colored in various tones when the viewing angle changes.
Instances have a glassy sheen.
How to tell a real green tourmaline from a fake one?
Quite often, a less expensive gem or glass is sold under the guise of verdelite. In order to get a true gem or just a crystal for your exclusive collection, you need to have knowledge of the physical features of this green gem. The following are the things that distinguish the mineral from the fake:
A stone starts to electrify when heated. You can just rub it and apply it to paper or fiber. Do not be afraid. It is a mineral with good hardness, so it is difficult to damage the stone.
A fake will have a uniform tone, and a true stone will shimmer with different shades and have several hues, smoothly shifting one in the other (dichroism).
In the stone structure, there will always be inclusions and patterns indicating the natural origin of the stone. The artificial gems will appear completely transparent like glass.
In order not to be mistaken with the choice and choose a worthy copy, it is best to buy stone from trusted companies. Gem Lovers is always happy to provide its customers with a Certificate of Authenticity. The company's employees will answer all your questions and can also send additional materials, photos, and videos so that you can best match your purchase desires with the offered stone. To do this, you should contact us through the Contacts section. In another case, our company will be happy to start looking for a stone, taking into account each of your specific parameters.
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