A Brief History
The word Chrysoprase comes from two words in Greek. ‘Chryso’ for gold and ‘Prase’ for leek, or green leek. The two combine to form the word ‘Chrysoprase’, meaning "golden leek."
Chrysoprase is one of the most ancient gemstones. It has been treasured throughout history.
Adored and adorned by the Egyptians, Romans and Greeks, the gemstone was used in royal jewellery, seals and amulets. It was revered for its healing powers and sheer beauty.
Chrysoprase is mentioned in the bible as the 10th foundation gemstone of the New Jerusalem built by God. The gemstone was also worn in battle by Alexander the Great to provide him with power and fortune. Frederick the Great of Prussia cherished the sacred stone, and he had the halls of his palace and furniture decorated with Chrysoprase.
In the Middle Ages, chrysoprase was beloved by clergy and nobility alike for its mystical powers and stunning colour. It was set in religious artifacts and worn in rings and pendants and believed to offer protection.
During the Art Nouveau period in the 19th century, chrysoprase became popular in jewellery once again. Deposits discovered in Australia, Brazil, and other locales made the gem more accessible to designers of the era who appreciated its natural organic beauty.
Fine Australian chrysoprase, is prized for its rarity and striking green shades. Consumers value this precious gemstone for its beauty but also for its meaning, associated with harmony, personal growth and hope. The timeless allure of chrysoprase continues centuries after its first discovery.