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Did you know that besides emerald, chrysoprase also is the birthstone for May? This apple green variety of the mineral chalcedony is a perfect stone to use in jewelry because of its hardness (6,5 -7 Mohs). These apple-green gemmies where popular during the Victorian era and in that time used for cameos or intaglios. In China they used the top green (saturated) color stones also as a substitute for imperial jade.
This beautiful green gemstone is really a feminine gemstone which is a perfect helper when in labour. But the gemstone helps also to find self-confidence.
Chakra: heart chakra
Chrysoprase comes from Australia, Brazil and the USA to name a few places. Due to the element nickel this nearly opaque chalcedony colors apple green.
The name chrysoprase comes from Ancient Greek where "chrysos" meant gold and "prase" leek.