|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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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 system: Hexagonal, microcrystalline aggregate.
|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.