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So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with. For properties, see the Directory and for indepth information the Crystal Bibles vols 1-2.

Green Calcite

Green Calcite: glassy, soft, rounded, kind of fan shaped, slightly greasy to touch. Delicate colour and often banded. Olive to apple green.

Green Fluorite


Green Fluorite: translucent, angular, square protrusions, sharp edges, hard but brittle to touch. Delicate apple green colour often found banded with Purple.


Malachite: classic whorls and lines on a bright, hard green stone. A soft velvety version is also available.


Moldavite: glassy green tending towards yellow. Ruffled, bubbly, wave-like surface. Virtually translucent.

Quantum Quattro

Quantum Quattro Multi coloured, grey, green, blue, opaque naturally shiny stone.

Green Jade

Green Jade: translucent to opaque, often slightly glass like, often with markings and colour patches.

Eye of the Storm/Judy’s Jasper

Eye of the Storm: Solid, opaque stone with banded colours that include green, white, brown and yellow. May have crystalline inclusions

Green Aventurine

 Green Aventurine: hard, close-packed opaque gritty crystalline stone.

 Green Quartz (Prasiolite)


Prasiolite is a delicate, transparent light green quartz.

Green Quartz (Seriphos)

Seriphos Quartz is a delicate apple to mid green, typically formed in tall, thin ‘needles’ radiating out from a matrix.


Lakelandite: Hard and opaque stone. Dark and light green with distinct crystalline yellow patches.


Lakelandite: Hard and opaque stone. Dark and light green with distinct crystalline yellow patches.


Turquoise: Solid, opaque stone. May tend towards the bluer end of the spectrum (USA) or the greener (Tibet)


Chrysocolla: Blue-green, small tight crystalline structure often found with white quartz inclusions.

Chrome Diopside

Chrome Diopside: Translucent, mid green crystal.

Green Dioptase

Dioptase: Intense green translucent crystal with square protrusions.


In its raw state, Emerald may not look translucent. Cut and faceted however, it can reveal its clear inner beauty. It is sometimes found as stunning crystals on a matrix.


Peridot: Bright to deep spring green, Peridot is typically composed of small translucent crystals on a gritty matrix but may be found in larger pieces.

Green Tourmaline

Green Tourmaline is classically hexagonal in shape and vertically striated. This translucent stone may be clear or slightly opaque.


Amazonite consists of densely packed opaque crystals, sometimes striated with white. It typically has a more blue-green colour and a somewhat more striated appearance than Green Aventurine.


Chrysoprase is beautifully translucent when polished and, even in its raw state, it has a somewhat vitreous appearance and delicate green colouring that may be interspersed with darker patches.

Green Kyanite

Green Kyanite is an opaque to somewhat crystalline long blade shaped, lengthwise striated crystal.


Variscite is a grainy, somewhat chalky stone when raw. It varies in colour from light to darker green but can look almost faded to white.


Prehnite is translucent and looks like frozen bubbles. It may have dark strands of Epidote inclusions within it, in which case it is usually tumbled or shaped.


Epidote forms as long, lustrous needle-like strands. It is often found included within or growing on other minerals, although larger specimens are available. The colour ranges from yellow-green to dark green.

Andradite Garnet

Andradite Garnets on matrix

A green form of Garnet, Andradite is often faceted but may be obtained raw. Soft and lustrous it may be translucent or opaque, almost grainy, and the colour may not be visible in the raw form. The hexagonal shaping is apparent in the raw stone.

Grossular Garnet

Another of the green Garnets, Grossular Garnet is translucent with a less defined shape than Andradite when raw.

And finally, one I’m really not sure about.

I’ve got one, but it makes me squirm. Some people rave about it but I feel it’s been ‘engineered’ and so far haven’t been able to work with it. It looks like it’s had sugar sprinkled on it and, from the variety of garish colours available, I think it’s been dyed or at the very least colour amended. Not for me, but it may be for you.


Seraphinite: This beautiful feathery stone has a unique light and dark green appearance that cannot be mistaken for any other stone.

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