A gemstone variety of chalcedony (a form of quartz) Chrysoprase, also spelled Chrysophrase, contains small quantities of nickel which is responsible for its unique apple green color.
Chrysoprase occurs in a range of green colors. These range from a pale yellowish green to a deeply saturated green. The abundance of nickel determines the strength of the green color. Chrysoprase is one of the rarest and most valuable chalcedonies, second only to Gem Silica.
This lovely semi precious gemstone material is found in Australia. Australia is the leading producer of Chrysoprase today. Much of the best Chrysoprase is mined in the Marlborough Creek District of Queensland, Australia. Other deposits are worked in New South Wales, South Australia, and Western Australia.
Chrysoprase cabochons are usually translucent and have a hardness of 7, making them perfect for jewelry.
It is believed that Alexander the Great wore a Chrysoprase cabochon in his girdle to battle.
Chrysoprase first became a popular gem in Europe after deposits in Poland were discovered in the 1700s.
The word Chrysoprase comes from the Greek words chrysos meaning 'gold' and prason, meaning 'leek'.
Metaphysical Properties: Chrysoprase gemstone cabochons are said to speed the healing of any wound. Chrysoprase is also the gemstone of the heart and is said to clarify problems, heal emotions and to cure restlessness.