|31.31 carat green beryl in platinum with .60 carats diamonds, www.langantiques.com|
In the book The Lord of the Rings, the elf lord Glorfindel leaves a green beryl jewel as a token that the heroes, fleeing before the Nazgul and fearing ambush, can cross a bridge safely. It is described as, "a single pale-green jewel...a beryl, an elf-stone." That got me to thinking about what I knew about green beryl and what I did not.
|Marco Molinaro at www.osterjewelers.com, 16.27 carat green beryl in 18 kt white gold with .75 ctw diamonds|
I knew green beryl was of the same family as emerald, aquamarine, morganite (pink beryl), and heliodor (yellow beryl). I knew it was available in large stones and the standard for gemstone quality green beryl is depth of color and clarity (like aquamarines). But I wasn't sure about the difference in color between emeralds and green beryls and green beryls and natural, unheated aquamarines.
|Robert Procop's earrings, www.robertprocop.com|
|Available at Lang's antiques, www.langantiques.com, 16.75 carat green beryl with .60 carats diamonds and yellow and white 18 kt gold|
|Fantasy cut by Dalan Hargrave, a 125 carat green beryl that was Best In Show at the 2004 AGTA Spectrum Competition|