Chrysoprase (chriss-oh-praise) is the most valuable stone in the chalcedony family. The color is various shades of green and apple green. Most deposits of Chrysoprase today are found in New South Wales, Australia. Chrysoprase is a very hard stone, easily faceted, and is used in beads, cabochons, and ornamental objects. It closely resembles jade and can be carved into decorative items like jade.
Chrysoprase is sensitive to heat and light, and may fade over time if exposed to direct sunlight. Care should be used in soldering, as direct heat can also fade or damage stones. Moist storage may restore the color.
Chrysoprase is said to release negative emotional tension and stress from the body, and is associated with money and good luck.
Chrysoprase stones are used to create beautiful jewelry on their own, with accents of silver or gold. For an earthy look, combine with wood, tiger eye, or other brown-toned beads. For great contrast, balance orange shades of coral or carnelian with the cool tones of chrysoprase.
Genuine Chrysoprase can be expensive, depending on the quality of the stone. Green chalcedony is often substituted for chrysoprase as an affordable alternate. Use good quality findings and accompanying beads to enhance the worth of your piece.
– L. Kvigne