Unique Chrysoprase Bookmatched Smooth Stones in Small Brass Contoured Hoops! OOAK#5
I am so happy to have found these unique, smooth bookmatched Chrysoprase stones! As soon as I saw them it became obvious that we needed to hammer the Brass hoops' contours to match their shapes!
Chrysoprase (aka chrysophrase or chrysoprasus) is a gemstone variety of chalcedony (a cryptocrystalline form of silica) that contains small quantities of nickel. Its color is normally apple-green, but varies to deep green. The darker varieties of chrysoprase are also referred to as prase.
These beauties measure:
Chrysoprase Stones: 1 1/8" tall, 1/2" wide at their widest
Hammered Brass Hoops: 1 1/2" tall, 7/8" wide at their widest
These hang 2 3/16" from the earwire to the bottom
ONE OF A KIND!
Called the stone of Venus, is the rarest and most valuable rich apple-green gemstone in the chalcedony family and was often mistaken for emeralds by ancient jewelers. Unlike emeralds, which owe their color to the presence of chromium, the bright spring green of chrysoprase is a result of trace amounts of nickel.
Chrysoprase was used by the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians to make seals, signets, jewelry and other ornamental objects because of its vivid color. The modern word comes from the literal Greek translation chrusos, meaning golden, and prason, meaning leek, indicating the golden-leek green color of the stone.
Chrysoprase is one of the birthstones for May and has traditionally symbolized happiness, enterprise and prudence. It is a powerful stone that brings good fortune and prosperity. It instills you with poise, grace and helps you to recognize the gentle beauty within yourself so you can enjoy self-expression and courage through fluent speech and mental dexterity.
Mentally, chrysoprase encourages non-judgmental attitudes, can reduce superiority and inferiority complexes and help you avoid speaking out unthinkingly in anger. It bolsters clarity of thought and creativity by attracting abundance and success in new ventures and promotes fidelity within business.
Emotionally, chrysoprase is said to help heal a broken heart by providing a gentle boost to your self-esteem, equalizing emotional balance and fostering acceptance of change and tolerance for others.