What is Chrysoprase?
Chrysoprase is a variety of chalcedony that is often found in Australia, Brazil, and Russia. It’s primarily used as a gemstone and is popular for its apple-green to deep-green color.
Chrysoprase is a unique gemstone that comes in shades of apple-green to deep-green. Its vibrant hue and unique appearance make it a popular choice for jewelry and decorative items, especially beads and pendants.
|Chemical Classification||Inorganic - Silicate (Chalcedony)|
|Color||Ranges from apple-green to deep green.|
|Luster||Waxy to vitreous.|
|Occurrence||Australia, Brazil, and Madagascar.|
|Formation||Typically found in nickel-rich serpentine deposits.|
|Mohs Hardness||6 to 7|
|Specific Gravity||2.58 - 2.64|
|Diagnostic Properties||Bright green chalcedony.|
|Pleochroism||Not observed in chrysoprase.|
|Crystal System||Hexagonal (variety of Quartz)|
|Optical Properties||Uniaxial (+)|
|Refractive Index||1.530 - 1.539|
|2V angle||Measured: 58°|
|Dispersion||Not typically noted for its dispersion.|