From the Chysoprase Mines of Australia: The name chrysoprase (rhymes with bliss and craze) is
from the Greek chrysos, golden and prason, leek. Like so many very ancient or even old names for stones used for
ornamentation, it was apparently applied to several yellowish green gemstones, including beryl, but gradually it
became limited to the apple-green coloured microcrystalline variety of quartz (or chalcedony.)
Chrysoprase Is Not Green Jade
Many of us beleive that Chrysoprase is in fact green jade. Traders very often take advantage of this wrong
notion and sell Chrysoprase as 'Australian green jade'. This is partly true as Chrysoprase indeed comes from
Australia, however what is more important is that Chrysoprase is not green jade.
Jewelry lovers have often purchased Chrysoprase when it was sold as 'Apple green jade'. The term 'apple green
jade' is used for high quality green jade that is similar in color to green apples.
Chrysoprase may be the color of green apples but it is not jade. There are another group of sellers who never fail
to mention that there are many types of jade and Chrysoprase is one of them. There are just two major categories of
gemstones that are referred to as jade. One is 'jadeite' and the other 'nephrite'. Chrysoprase gemstones fall into
neither of these categories.
The Chrysoprase is a gorgeous gemstone in it's own right. Good uniform colored Chrysoprase is not hard to find.
The gemstone itself is not very expensive and is primarily mined in Australia.
Read the complete report on Chrysoprase gemstones in our online jewelry magazine at: http://www.newsletter.kaijewels.com/news007.htm