Chrysoprase is a yellowish-green and green colored gemstone that belongs to the Chalcedony group of Quartz crystals. After Gem Silica, these stones are the second known most valuable variety of Chalcedony. Chrysoprase can be used as an alternate stone for the people born in May.
Chrysoprase symbolizes truth, wisdom, nature, fertility, harmony, growth, renewal, prosperity, freshness, and energy.
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Chrysoprase is an apple-green Chalcedony that is highly valued as a gem throughout history. The ancient people of Greek, Egypt, and Rome highly valued these beautiful stones as it can balance and open up the heart and solar plexus chakra. These stones help to grow your confidence and vitality, develop your authentic self, promote willpower and self-esteem and take responsibility for our life.
Chrysoprase was believed to be first discovered during the 15th century but it only became popular after deposits of these stones were found in Poland. The derivation of the word "Chrysoprase" is from the Greek word "chrysos" and "prasinon" which means "gold" and "green" respectively. After it became popular, the ancient Greeks and Romans used it to decorate their artifacts and they also regarded it as a highly spiritual stone.
Chrysoprase commonly occurs in quartz veins in nickel-bearing rocks and veins in serpentinized gabbro and ultramafic inclusions associated with Jadeite. It forms as a result of the deep weathering or lateritization of nickeliferous serpentinites or other ultramafic ophiolite rocks.
The chemical formula of Chrysoprase is SiO2 (Silicon dioxide). It has a hardness of 6.5-7 according to the Mohs scale.
There are no known types of Chrysoprase.
The color of Chrysoprase can vary from apple-green to deep green.
The cost of Chrysoprase can range anywhere from $8 to $80 according to its color and quality.
Chrysoprase can be used as a gemstone or ornamental stone in various forms of jewelry.
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