Chrysoprase birthstone is a beautiful gem. This apple-green gemstone shares the spotlight with emerald and agate, the other May birthstones.
Chrysoprase is a natural form of chalcedony. Chaledony is is a cryptocrystalline variety of silica with trace bits of nickel added that just add to the beauty and light. Chaledony is also known as quartz.
Chrysoprase is considered to be the rarest and most valuable stone in the chalcedony quartz group. It happens that agate, May’s other birthstone is also part of the chalcedony group! May’s main birthstone is emerald, the precious jewel. As such it is expensive and precious. But you can also get a lovely green birthstone for less money with chrysoprase.
The etymology of “chrysoprase” comes from two words, chrys being the Greek for ‘gold or yellow’ and prase from the Greek for ‘leek’, referring to the green coloring of it.
The beautiful greens of chrysoprase are caused by how much nickel is in the jewel. The colors range from a light minty-green to a deep apple-green. Sometimes there is some blue-green versions. There are also some lovely lemon-yellow versions of chrysoprase.
Chrysoprase birthstone Solid Green or Two-Toned Pendants
Beautiful pendants in all shades of Chrysoprase for your own chains, a lovely present for any May birthstone
Ana Silver Co Boulder Chrysoprase 925 Sterling Silver Pendant 2 1/2Huge Boulder Chrysoprase 925 Sterling Silver Pendant 2 1/4Boulder Chrysoprase 925 Sterling Silver Pendant 2 1/4StarGems(tm) Natural Australian Chrysoprase Handmade Mexican 925 Sterling Silver Pendant 2 1/4Chrysoprase Pendant (Small)Boulder Chrysoprase 925 Sterling Silver Pendant 1 1/2StarGems(tm) Natural Chrysoprase Punk Style Vintage 925 Sterling Silver Pendant 1 1/2Boulder Chrysoprase 925 Sterling Silver Pendant 2 1/4StarGems(tm) Natural Chrysoprase and Peridot Punk Style 925 Sterling Silver Pendant 2
The Chrysoprase birthstone is ancient.
Chrysoprase was mentioned in the Bible as well as the Greeks and Romans.
Another gorgeous piece was this European snuff box made of chrysoprase, gold, stones and diamonds colored with back foils. This beautiful box was believed to be made about 1765.It belonged to Frederick II of Prussia. Now in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Lemon Chrysoprase birthstone Pendants
Have you ever seen beautiful lemon Chrysoprase?
The light yellow is very special.
Here are some other wonderful Chrysoprase birthstone earrings, bracelets and rings. In fact there were so many beautiful rings that I wrote an entire article about chrysoprase rings.
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