In the store I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about the stone chrysophrase so I thought I would re-publish this post from 2011 about one of my favorite little known stones.
Often mistaken for jade, chrysophrase is a beautiful opalescent green color and is part of the same rare quartz family chalcedony, as onyx, agate & carnelian. It gets its beautiful green color from nickel and it rates a 7 on the Mohs scale. So it is sturdy enough to wear on a regular basis!
Like many of my favorite gemstones it has a long history. The word “chrysophrase” comes from the Greek “Chryso” meaning gold and the root word “Prasinon” meaning green. And the ancient Greeks and Romans used chrysophrase to make beautiful cameos and intaglios. Chrysophrase can also be found in the decoration and jewelry of the Ancient Pharaohs. And in ancient China it was believed to balance the Yin and Yang, while in India it was believed to heal a broken heart.
Historically one of chrysophrase’s biggest fans was the famous Peter Carl Fabrage who featured it in many of his exotic pieces.
In our store I am drawn to chrysophrase pieces used in Arts and Crafts jewelry and Art Deco jewelry. –xo Miko
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