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Chrysoprase Cabochons

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 is one of the rarest and most valuable chalcedonies. This lovely semi precious gemstone material is found in 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.

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.