Chrysoprase 9mm Cabochon Round Green Gemstone Natural Chalcedony Not dyed Jelly Gem Rare Australian Hand Cut Lapidary Translucent ONE

Chrysoprase 9mm Cabochon Round Green Gemstone Natural Chalcedony Not dyed Jelly Gem Rare Australian Hand Cut Lapidary Translucent ONE

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Size 9mm x 3mm
weight each - 2.75 carats
Mohs hardness: 6 - 7
shape - round - domed
Hand Cut
Grade - AAA
Origin - Australia
Color - bright green
opaqueness - semi transparent
luster - glass like polish (all sides)

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Chrysoprase is one of the most prized of the chalcedony gemstones, valued for its colour and rarity. It is formed by the weathering of serpentine and consists almost entirely of silicon dioxide.
Although most green stones owe their colour to chromium or vanadium, chrysoprase derives its colour from the presence of disseminated particles of a hydrated nickel silicate. It ranges in colour from a beautiful apple green to a deep rich green. It is usually translucent.

Unlike many non-transparent members of the quartz family, it is the colour of chrysoprase, rather than any patterns or markings, that makes it desirable.

Today, chrysoprase is primarily sourced from Central Queensland in Australia. Due to its overwhelming presence in Australia, chrysoprase is often referred to as ‘Australian jade’.

The name ‘chrysoprase’ is from the Greek chryos, meaning golden, and prason, meaning leek. This name was given to it in the 18th century when a vein was discovered in Silesia (now Poland) at the time of Frederick the Great of Prussia, who had a particular fondness for the stone.

Chrysoprase has been historically renowned for having some incredible powers. In the Middle Ages it was believed that by putting a piece of chrysoprase in your mouth, you would become invisible. It was also thought that the stone would lose its colour in the presence of poison. A Roman folklore claims chrysoprase enabled its owner to understand the language of lizards.

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