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Tsavorite garnet, 325.13 ct. The superior size and color of the 325.13 ct. tsavorite garnet from Merelani was discovered at the Tucson Gem & Mineral show in 2007. Courtesy of Michael Couch & Associates, West Des Moines, Iowa; photo by Robert Weldon © GIA

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Emerald, Bloodstone, Chrysoprase, Tsavorite Garnet, Peridot, Evergreen Diffused Topaz, Green Mystic Topaz, Chatham Created Emerald and Green Tourmaline are just a few of Nature's green gemstones.

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Hiddenite is the green gem variety of the mineral Spodumene. Spodumene is a common mineral, but only in several localities does it occur in transparent gem form. One gem form of Spodumene is Kunzite, the other important and much rarer form is Hiddenite. Hiddenite is named after William Earl Hidden, who was instrumental in identifying this new gemstone. The town in North Carolina where this gemstone was found was subsequently given the name "Hiddenite" in honor of the gemstone.

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From a historical perspective, Demantoid is clearly the most important variety of the Andradite species. Demantoids from the Ural mountains of Russia were discovered in 1868. Possessing an unusual green color and a dispersion even greater than diamond, demantoid quickly became a treasured and expensive gemstone and was used by the famous Russian jeweler Faberge to create jewelry.

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