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What is Chrysoprase?

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.

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Vintage Chrysoprase Ring

 

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!

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Chrysoprase, Photo from Pinterest

 

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.

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Art Deco Chrysoprase Necklace

 

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

Please visit our website for more beautiful chrysoprase jewelry!

Summer Jewel of the Week: Deco Carnelian Earrings

Today I am inspired by Garance Dore’s post about summer jewels. She talks about how some jewels she wears now that in the past she would have not considered. She says, “But all of a sudden, I like it now.”

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This sums up my perspective perfectly on silver dangly Deco earrings. They are beautiful and rare, and I would not have considered personally wearing them until this summer. These earrings give the perfect amount of color, shimmer and presence to wear with simple and tailored white, OR gypsy bohemian- depending on mood.  Have you had any jewelry epiphanies lately?   xo -Gemma

Remembrance and Memoriam

In recent days, we have witnessed a great amount of  tragedy both in ongoing conflict and new war related atrocities. I believe it is important to take a moment to send some love to those whose innocent lives have been lost, and to their grieving families.

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La Belle affligée (Robe de Soir de Paul Poiret), 1922.  

Impermanence and mortality have long been subject to human’s query; the reason for such loss and pain will never be fully understood. I appreciate antique mourning jewelry for this reason. The attempt of our ancestors to grapple with life and death has left us with fascinating artifacts of hair and script of the past. I find it meaningful how a piece commemorating loss has also created a permanent memory that lives on.

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In this same vein, let us not forget those who have given their lives unnecessarily to reasons of conflict, and work to create as much peace and prosperity as we can muster in their honor.