SiO2 with NiO impurities
Chrysoprase is an apple-green form of chalcedony quartze. the green color comes from the presence of nickel.
The best Chrysoprase comes from Queensland, Australia, other places include Austria, Brazil, Czechoslovakia, Russia and the U.S. Imitation chrysoprase is chalcedony dyed with nickel or chromium salts. It is considered the most valuable variety of crypto/microcrystalline quartz. It is is fashioned principally into cabochons, beads, bangles, or is carved to yield jewellery and other ornamental objects. It is easily worked and takes a fine polish. The highest quality material is a rich apple green of even colour, without flaws, fractures, inclusions, cavities or other imperfections.
Lore & History:
It is an important ornamental gemstone that serves as the alternative Birthstone for those born during the month of May. The Greeks, Romans and Egyptians used this material for signets and seals as well as jewellery during early times. In the Victorian era it was again popular being used in jewellery pieces.
Used to treat the prostate, testicles, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Said to help in cases of sexual disfunction and depression. Its most important use is to help the person being treated accept healing energies.
Chrysoprase best relates to the area of the solar plexus chakra (colors of which match those of chrysoprase). When placed there during meditation it helps to release emotional tension and stress lodged in the physical body. It also helps bring the spiritual and physical together. It facilitates deeper meditative states and helps one accept others and one's self. Use to ease depression, to see clearly into personal problems, to increase courage, increase self awareness, and as a general shield against negativity. Also used as a good luck stone as the color green is traditionally used to bring money and sucess to any enterprise.