The Ural Geological Museum opened a display of green minerals today
The majority of the more than 50 green stones in the exhibit were originally found in the Urals, but some of the rocks on display came from exotic locations around the world. The stones have been stored in the museum for a long time.
The most famous piece of the display is a beryl emerald; its color shifts from light green to a deeper shade of green.
Another popular exhibit piece is the green garnet found in the Urals region. When the stone is placed under artificial light, its small crystals sparkle. The stone is called "unvarovite" after Count Sergei Semenovich Uvarov, the former president of the Academy of Sciences and minister of education for Russia in the 1800s.
"Green gems symbolize life, youth and development,” Dmitry Kleimenov, the director of the museum, said. “Our ancestors believed that they give its owner the power of nature, protected from trouble and give peace of mind.”