Occasionally mistaken for jade or emerald, Australian Chrysoprase's apple-green shade has earned it the moniker "The Stone of Venus." It is a unique and highly treasured member of the chalcedony family.
Australian chrysoprase is a green form of chalcedony of the quartz family. The presence of nickel in its elegant green shade sets it apart from other gemstones of similar color like emerald, which contains chromium. Chrysoprase is a cryptocrystalline which signifies the composition of slight crystals not viewed under normal magnification. Because of its unique attributes, the market often offers it in reduced sizes, and larger pieces are quite rare. The color of chrysoprase can fade. It is advised to cover the stone with damp fabric to help it maintain its original brilliant shade.
We obtain Chrysoprase from the mines of Queensland in Western Australia, a major source of the finest and best quality gemstones in the world.