Chrysoprase - the most valuable variety of chalcedony, contains nickel compounds. The hardness of 6.5-7.0 on the Mohs scale, density 2.6 g/cm3, translucent, shiny glass. Other names: emerald.
If you choose a gem that is most appropriate to be the "apple" that comes to mind chrysoprase - a translucent mineral with subtle green apple, grassy or onion shades. His color is very gentle, non-intrusive, as if touched by the drops of morning dew, and at the same time, dense and "tasty": it is you want to watch and watch without getting tired. And even the very nature of his "live" - for example, after lying for a long time under the scorching sun, chrysoprase may fade a bit, but quickly recovered, is only to hold it a couple of days in water or moist soil.
It is known from ancient times - the chrysoprase, as in other chalcedony, cameos and intaglios carved with images of mythological scenes, portraits of emperors, heroes and famous people. Buckle with green chalcedony wore Alexander the Great himself, believing that the stone brings him martial victory. In Egypt, where the green was a favorite color, Chrysoprase also found use in amulets, bracelets necklace, headwear. In the Middle Ages Chrysoprase not actively used, but in the 18th century, their fame is growing again - now apple stones combine with diamonds and set into gold dress at high-society receptions and balls, they adorn necklaces, rings, earrings, buttons, bracelets, encrusted snuff lorgnette. Evaluate the merits of chrysoprase and Frederick the Great - the famous German emperor, who preferred diamond and ruby ring with green chalcedony. His love for the mascot even went so far as to chrysoprase was decorated with the imperial crown of Sanssouci. When the best Chrysoprase occasionally faceted faceted and cabochon not, as usual, then use a special type of cut, named in honor of Frederick "frideritseanskoy." And in the 19th century in Poland opened a large deposit of rock, and chrysoprase "come" in the church - they adorned chalices, monstrance, chalices, altars in Protestant cathedrals in Austria and Germany. Chrysoprase today - the most popular insert in stylish jewelry middle price class: cufflinks, pendants, earrings, beads, necklaces and more.
Incidentally, it is interesting that Chrysoprase is not the only green chalcedony - Zimbabwe today found his "twin", the only difference is that there is due to the green color in the mineral content of chromium, not nickel. Called novelty mtorolit, and similar virtues is much cheaper.
It is believed that chrysoprase good effect on brain activity, lowers blood pressure and tension, cleanses the blood of toxins, stress and its consequences. Litoterapevty recommend stone to accelerate the metabolism and activation of the endocrine glands. Like many green minerals, chrysoprase makes meteozavisimost during magnetic storms. It is effective for rheumatic pains. Ring with chrysoprase advised to wear to improve physical endurance, when hard work lay ahead. Chrysoprase can insist on the water - after 4-5 hours it is healing and can be used as a treatment for non-infectious colds. Chrysoprase and favorable for the "core" - like all green stones, it serves the prevention of heart disease.
Chrysoprase - a talisman for those who eschew routine and tends to adventure, discovery, wants to find his own individual path in life. It is suitable for inventors, researchers and travelers - anyone who does not sit in one place, constantly seeking to renew and loves change. Chrysoprase energy fuels such person to bring good luck, gives strength, protects against envy, slander, evil eye and spoilage surrounds fast friends. This stone has a very stubborn character - he "loves" only honest, brave hosts, makes no power, self-centered, suspicious and lazy people. Merchants, bankers, traders chrysoprase also fit - it increases wealth, develops eloquence and attracts money, protects from damage, hazards on business trips, dishonest business partners and unwanted transactions. Useful chrysoprase and children - he immediately begins to "work" for a child, serving him guard from any negativity and bad dreams, providing sympathy from peers, making it more hard-working and self-confident. Astrologically chrysoprase suited to Gemini, Cancers, Leos, Virgo, Libra, Capricorn, Aquarius.