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Chrysoprase Gemstone | A-Z About This Gem You Need to Know

limz Published On Tue Mar 17 2020   Modified On Tue Mar 17 2020
Chrysoprase Gemstone | A-Z About This Gem You Need to Know

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.

Let us learn more about Chrysoprase.

Meaning

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.

Origin and History

Chrysoprase Crystal.
Chrysoprase Crystal.
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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.

Formation Process

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.

Formula

The chemical formula of Chrysoprase is SiO2 (Silicon dioxide). It has a hardness of 6.5-7 according to the Mohs scale.

Types

There are no known types of Chrysoprase.

Colors Available

Green Chrysoprase Pendant.
Green Chrysoprase Pendant.
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The color of Chrysoprase can vary from apple-green to deep green.

Mines Available

  • Greenvale Nickel Mine, Queensland, Australia
  • Old Dominion Mine, Arizona, USA
  • Sedalia Copper Mine, Colorado, USA

Cost Per Carat

The cost of Chrysoprase can range anywhere from $8 to $80 according to its color and quality.

Uses

Chrysoprase can be used as a gemstone or ornamental stone in various forms of jewelry.

Spiritual Properties

  • Chrysoprase helps to promote positive inner growth, enhance psychic abilities, alleviate stress, open up intuition, and activate spiritual awareness.
  • It can reduce bruising, treat hearing problems, stimulate the endocrine glands, strengthen the immune system, and tune the metabolism.
  • It also helps to overcome any kind of addiction, dissolve negativity, protect against psychic attacks, aid emotional pain, and calm the mind.

Facts

Chrysoprase Gemstones.
Chrysoprase Gemstones.
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  • The color of Chrysoprase can fade when heated or exposed to sunlight for a long time.
  • These stones get their color due to the presence of nickel compounds in the form of very small inclusions.
  • Australian Jade, a fine quality of Chrysoprase can be found in Queensland, Australia.
  • These stones have a specific gravity of 2.58 to 2.64 and a brittle tenacity.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • The Antique Jewelry Company, London, UK
  • Cross Jewelers, Portland, Maine, USA
  • Artina's Jewelry, Victoria, Canada

Online Stores

  • The Fossil Cartel, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • David Morris, Dubai, UAE

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