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Chrysoprase - The Different Colors, Shapes and Sizes

Chrysoprase is a very rare form of quartz. Its most striking attribute is its beautiful color, that of a green apple. However it should be noted that Chrysoprase also comes in a very dark green. Chrysoprase contains traces of nickel; the nickel that is found inside the Chrysoprase is what gives it its color.

One of the reasons that Chrysoprase is so rare is due to the fact that it is a cryptocrystalline, this means that instead of being formed by large six sided crystals, the size of the crystals are extremely small and invisible to the naked eye. This attribute gives is much rarer in nature, as well as more beautiful.

Chrysoprase can come in many sizes. However, since it is rare is usually hard to come by and is generally used for smaller pieces of ornamental jewelry. During the Middle Ages, it was mined in Silesia (Northern Czech Republic and Southern Poland), the Chrysoprase that was mined were used as architectural decorations, mainly in major churches.

Chrysoprase is generally crafted as bead or spherical objects. It is sometimes cut into cabochons which are domed shaped gems, which are cut flat on the back to attach as jewelry. It is popular as a gift for those into astrology and are usually associated with Libra’s Gemini’s and Cancer’s.

One of the more popular places to find Chrysoprase is in Australia where it is mined (Queensland, Western Australia). It is usually sold as Australian Jade, due to its resemblance to this gemstone.

The Uses of Chrysoprase

Chrysoprase is a very rare and beautiful gemstone; it usually has an apple green color or at times takes on a deep green color. Chrysoprase is a type of quartz, it contains a slight amount of nickel which gives it its color and at times is confused with Jade. Chrysoprase is a type of cryptocrystalline, this means that its structure is created from very tiny crystals, instead of larger six sided crystal as most gemstone are. Micro crystalline gemstones are usually rarer and higher in value.

Chrysoprase is mainly used for ornamental jewelry and has been coveted since ancient times. It was used as ornamental jewelry in the forms of cameos and intaglios by the Greeks and Romans and also used as decoration and jewelry for the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. During the Middle Ages, Europe valued Chrysoprase for its wonderful color and adorned churches and other architectural buildings with it. Chrysoprase has a hardness of about 7 to 8 and is a great gemstone to be shaped into beads or other shapes.

Today, it can be found on many pieces of ornamental jewelry and is popular in Europe, the United States, Australia and Asia. Many people still possess Chrysoprase for its mystical and medicinal qualities. For instance, today in Asia, particularly China, Chrysoprase is used to balance out the yin and yang or Chi. In India, it is said to help mend a broken heart. Chrysoprase is mined in Queensland and is sometimes called Australian Jade. It is sometimes even confused with Imperial Jade.

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