Can You Name This Hot New Gemstone?

Have you seen this hot new gemstone? More importantly, can you venture a guess as to what kind of gem it is? An agate or jasper, perhaps–those are usually good guesses when trying to identify an unknown gemstone.

Orakei Korako Emerald Terrace--not a gemstone!Name That Gemstone

Found in New Zealand, this stone is related to emerald and emerald plays a part in its name, though its color is hardly emerald green! In fact, greenish-yellow is the closest you could call this color to green . . . and even that is a stretch!

So what do you think? Would you buy this gemstone? Would you use it in your jewelry designs? What gemstones would you pair with it? Maybe something similar, like tiger’s eye, or a bright yellow stone to bring out the yellows here. Or, go natural with wood beads or other wooden accents to highlight the brown. I love thinking about the possibilities.

Well . . . sorry to trick you, though it’s all in good April Fool’s Day fun! These photos aren’t of a gemstone, but they are of a place that’s named after one: Emerald Terrace.

Tiffany Warble, our Director of Online Content, snapped these “gemmy” photos on an incredible adventure she took with her husband earlier this year. “The actual picture is of the sinter terrace, called Emerald Terrace, at Orakei Korako in New Zealand. The array of colorful microbial mats is impressive, to say the least.”

Orakei Korako Emerald Terrace--not a gemstone!

Can you imagine traveling to a place that looks like this? What a magical adventure. Have any of you ever been to a place so spectacular? Or taken a photo that looks like a gemstone? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Thank you all for playing along with our gemstone guessing game, and Happy April Fool’s Day!


Learn more about gemstones in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine and these other resources!

4 Comments

  1. Gerald H at 9:45 am April 2, 2018

    That had me going! I was trying to match the colors up while trying to identify the gem (lol)! Thanks for a snicker this morning!
    Visiting New Zealand and Australia are on my bucket list. But if I don’t make it seeing them someone else’s eyes will have to do. Thanks for a poke and a smile!
    Please keep these great great articles and instructions coming!

    • TammyJones at 10:00 am April 2, 2018

      Thanks so much for playing along, Gerald! I’m glad you enjoyed it–and so happy to hear that you enjoy being part of our community!
      –Tammy Jones

  2. Barbara L B at 6:27 pm April 2, 2018

    You don’t have to go so far from home to find similar places … this photo reminds me of some of the numerous hot springs in Yellowstone National Park (my favorite place to vacation). Nice try, though!
    -barbara b.

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