This oval chrysoprase cabochon has a pale mint-green color; its durability makes it ideal for setting in bezel mountings in nearly any style of jewelry. Combine it with complementary-color stones to create mixed-stone pendants, rings and bracelets, or use it alone to draw attention to the mint-green color.
The most valuable form of chalcedony and prized for its color, chrysoprase is often mistaken for jade due to its vivid-to-soft green color, which comes from nickel silicate within the stone. Chrysoprase can come in colors that range from pale mint-green to jade-like green, or even an apple-green shade. The stone is composed of crystals of such fineness that they are not discernible as separate particles under normal magnification. According to folklore, the stone carries the "vibration of Divine Truth" and banishes depression and anxiety, replacing them with joy and happiness.
• Care: Clean with warm, soapy water. Ultrasonic and steam cleaning are usually safe.