Green gold πράσινο χρυσός

The wonderful greens of chrysoprase combined with shakudo (black) and pure gold or silver embossed with textures from Kimberley landscape drawings–courtesy of Ben Foley.

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Chrysoprase is a gemstone variety of chalcedony that contains small quantities of nickel making it green. The word chrysoprase comes from the Greek χρυσός (chrysos) meaning ‘gold’ and πράσινο (prásino) meaning ‘green’. Queensland has one of the worlds largest supplies. From here it is mostly exported to Asia where it is treated and often marketed misleadingly as Jade.

These chrysoprase beads are from Marlborough and are a rarity as making beads out of local materials is not cost effective for the Australian market. The miners who had these produced have told me they will not be doing it again.