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Chrysoprase

Chrysoprase

Chrysoprase (also Chrysophrase) is a gemstone variety of chalcedony (fibrous form of quartz) that contains small quantities of nickel. Its colour is normally apple-green, but varies to deep green. Due to its comparative scarcity and pleasing green colour, Chrysoprase is one of the most prised varieties of quartz. Higher quality specimens often rival fine jade, for which it is sometimes mistaken.