» Beading Definition: Chrysoprase
Another in the rather extensive microcrystalline Quartz family, Chrysoprase is usually found in attractive shades of green due to traces of nickel within the stone. Chrysoprase is not as commonly occurring as its relatives, and so it can be very desirable to use in jewelry. Chrysoprase is sometimes mistaken for Jadite. Its use goes back to the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians, but it is no less desirable in modern times.
BIRTHSTONE: Chrysoprase is an alternate birthstone for the month of May.