Elegant chrysoprase

Delightful in its soothing green shades, chrysoprase is a beautiful gemstone that belongs to the chalcedony family of quartzes.

Chrysoprase is found in almost all parts of the world—Australia, India, Kazakhstan, Russia, Africa, Poland, Germany, United States, and Brazil. Earlier, Poland was the major supplier of this gemstone, but now it comes mainly from Australia. Although considered a rare and valuable variety of chalcedony, chrysoprase is very affordable. Pro Tip: Chrysoprase is naturally very porous and can easily get stained. So, keep your chrysoprase jewellery away from perfumes and chemicals such as bleach.

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Chrysoprase greens

Chrysoprase derives its green colour from the presence of nickel in its core composition of silicon dioxide. It has transparency ranging from translucent to near opaque with inclusions. The slight variations in the typical apple green colour of this stone depend on its source.

Australian chrysoprase
Best among its peers, the Australian chrysoprase has the characteristic apple green colour.

Webbed Chrysoprase
These gemstones are the most popular ones. They display a web pattern of black, white, yellow, grey, and green hues on the chrysoprase.

Indian chrysoprase
This variety ranges from light to dark green with blue and black overtones.

Brazilian chrysoprase
These crystals from Brazil have the lightest shades of green with black, white, and green tinges.

Lemon chrysoprase
It has a citrusy green colour. Though identified as chrysoprase, this variety is mainly composed of magnesium carbonate.

This gemstone is typically cut as cabochons, but it can also be fashioned as beads.

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You will love these chrysoprase facts

The name of this beautiful green gemstone probably originates from the Greek chrysos (golden) and prason (leek). The epithet may have been inspired by the presence of golden speckles on its green surface.

The ancient civilizations of Greece, Europe, and Egypt, and the modern European royalty valued this stone for its strong spiritual and healing properties. This crystal boosts confidence and facilitates emotional wellbeing.

Alexander the Great is believed to have worn a belt embellished with a chrysoprase. This wonderful stone was also a favourite of Prussia’s Frederick the Great. With a Mohs scale hardness of 6.5-7, this gemstone is suitable for carving. It is among the birthstones for those born in May.

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