Sublime translucent and opaque greens meld with creamy whites in this beautiful display of nature's natural wonders. This Primavera Chrysoprase pendant would be a perfect accessory for your spring and summer outfits or whenever you need a touch of Spring color in your life! Set in sterling and fine silver with sterling bubble accents and a beaded wire bail.
5/8" wide x 1-7/8" drop
Sterling silver rolo-style chain in your choice of length.
Not hallmarked due to FTC regulations.
Chrysoprase is the name of a translucent chalcedony that ranges in color between yellowish green and green. Its green color is usually caused by traces of nickel. Beautiful green chrysoprase is the second most valuable variety of chalcedony after gem silica.
This particular color is called Primavera Chrysoprase for its lovely spring greens.
The name "chrysoprase" is from the Greek words for "golden apple" or "golden leek." Today it is most often used for making beads and cabochons. Exceptional pieces of chrysoprase are sometimes cut into translucent faceted stones.
Chrysoprase as a gemstone was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans. A few pieces have been found among their artifacts, but its use in that time was not common. Chrysoprase first became a popular gem in Europe after deposits in Poland were discovered in the 1700s.
Australia is the leading producer of chrysoprase today. Much of the best chrysoprase is mined in the Marlborough Creek District of Queensland, Australia. Many other deposits are worked in New South Wales, South Australia, and Western Australia. Chrysoprase is also found in other parts of the world. These include Kazakhstan, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Tanzania, India, Slovakia, Russia, and California.