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Chrysoprase

Chrysoprase

Much like turquoise, we love to wear chrysoprase year-round to capture that 'endless summer' feeling.

Chrysoprase is considered to be the rarest and most valuable stone in the chalcedony quartz group, second to the chrysocolla chalcedony. 

Chrysoprase is a cryptocrystalline form of silicon dioxide, which means that it is composed of crystals so fine that they cannot be seen as distinct particles under normal magnification. Chrysoprase is highly prized for its opalescent minty, apple-green color, which is especially unique.  While most green gemstones are colored by iron (in tourmalines), chromium (in emeralds) or vanadium (in tsavorite garnets), chrysoprase attains its alluring color from nickel impurities, which form within otherwise colorless quartz crystal. 

Chrysoprase has a hardness of 6–7 on the Mohs hardness scale, which makes them a wonderful option for your treasured jewels.  The best known sources of chrysoprase are Indonesia, Queensland, Western Australia, Haneti Tanzania, Germany, Poland, Russia, Arizona, California, and Brazil. 

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