3.9" Polished Green Chrysoprase Freeform - Madagascar

This is a chrysoprase freeform from Madagascar which has been hand-polished to a high luster. This unique specimen is 3.9" tall and veins of red-orange coloration. The base has been cut flat to allow for aesthetic presentation.

Chrysoprase, chrysophrase or chrysoprasus is a gemstone variety of chalcedony that contains small quantities of nickel. It's color is normally apple-green, but varies to deep green.

Chrysoprase is cryptocrystalline, which means that it is composed of crystals so fine that they cannot be seen as distinct particles under normal magnification. This sets it apart from rock crystal, amethyst, citrine, and the other varieties of crystalline quartz. Other members of the cryptocrystalline silica family include agate, carnelian, and onyx. Unlike many non-transparent silica minerals, it is the color of chrysoprase, rather than any pattern of markings, that makes it desirable. The word chrysoprase comes from the Greek χρυσός chrysos meaning 'gold' and πράσινον prasinon, meaning 'green'.

Unlike emerald which owes its green color to the presence of chromium, the color of chrysoprase is due to trace amounts of nickel compounds in the form of very small inclusions.


DETAILS
SPECIES
Chrysoprase
LOCATION
Madagascar
SIZE
3.9" tall, 2.8" wide
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#99358