The delicious apple-green hue of chrysoprase is sure to make your heart skip a beat. In ancient times this chalcedony was often mistaken for emerald, but whereas the green color in emerald comes from chromium, the hue of chrysoprase is due to the presence of nickel. The best known, highest-quality chrysoprase is currently found in Queensland, Australia, so it is also referred to as Australian ''jade''.
Chrysoprase is cryptocrystalline, meaning it is composed of crystals so small they cannot be detected under normal magnification. It will not form easily recognizable crystals like amethyst or citrine, and chrysoprase beads are often cut as smooth rounds or nuggets. Like all chalcedonies, chrysoprase has a waxy luster, and its transparency ranges from translucent to nearly opaque. Its color can vary from a minty green, as in our Alyssum necklace, to a deep green. Our Digitalis and Euphorbia necklaces feature the brightest hue. Check them all out to become green with envy.