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Chrysoprase Gemstone Information
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Chrysoprase was once used for spiritual protection and was said to be a "victory stone". In the 1800's, it was believed to help thieves escape execution by becoming invisible if a Chrysoprase was held in their mouth. Chrysoprase is a natural green color gemstone from Queensland, Australia, therefore it is often referred to as Australian Jade.

 

ENHANCEMENT CODE N

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PROPERTIES
Refractive Index 1.535-1.539
Hardness = 6.5-7 (Moh's Scale)
Specific Gravity =2.60
Species - Chalcedony
Optic Character - aggregate

WARNINGS FOR CARE
Ultrasonic: Usually safe
Steamer: Usually safe
Heat: Poor; color change may occur with heat
Chemicals that harm: Hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid.
 
Crystal Structure
Chrysoprase crystal structure
Crystal system: Hexagonal, microcrystalline aggregate.

MAJOR SOURCES
Australia
Birthstones
 January  Garnet
February Amethyst
March Aquamarine
April Diamond
May Emerald
June Pearl/Alexandrite
July Ruby
August Peridot
September Sapphire
October Opal/Tourmaline
November Topaz or Citrine
December Blue Topaz or Zircon
Cabochon is the popular cut used in jewelry for Chrysoprase.
Cabochons are smooth polished surfaces not faceted.
Common Cut Examples.
round chrysoprase cab image
Round Chrysoprase Cabochons.

oval chrysoprase cabochon image
Oval Chrysoprase Cabochons.
 


 

 
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