A favorite of Frederick the Great of Prussia, chrysoprase, is prized bright apple green translucent hue. It can be seen today decorating many buildings in beautiful Prague, including the Chapel of St Wencelas.
Unlike most other green gemstones, which owe their color to chromium or vanadium, chrysoprase derives its color from nickel. Its bright even color and texture lends itself well to beads, cabochons, and carvings.
Chrysoprase is the most valued variety of chalcedony. Chrysoprase is found today mostly in Australia. More Information on Chrysopraise can be found here.
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