Chrysoprase ladies pendant featuring a slightly translucent cabochon in a wonderfully eye-catching shade of green. Crafted by hand in a setting of fine sterling silver, this relatively light weight pendant is sure to be a winner with anyone who loves gemstones but is not looking for perfection.
When choosing cabochons for use in our collection of pendants perfection is not something we generally look for because in nature, perfection rarely exists. This chrysoprase cabochon is as a perfect example and caught our attention because of its striking colour, silky smooth texture and the fact that it was a little rough around the edges. It should be remembered that although these stones have only recently been cut into cabochons, the rocks and minerals from which they came have taken millions of years to evolve. All too often stones will be continuously polished until every last nick and mark has been totally removed and whilst we are not always against that, sometimes it's nice to see a piece which has not been worked more than necessary.
Chrysoprase is a variety of quartz whose history can be traced back as far as 23 AD. It's cryptocrystalline which means it has crystals too small to be seen with the naked eye and can only be seen under a powerful microscope. The green colour in chrysoprase is caused by traces of nickel.
This striking chrysoprase stone boasts an exemplary polish and we believe that it makes a superb piece of jewellery at a price that won't break the bank.
Weight (grams) : 14.7
Size (cms) : 3.6 x 2.4 x 0.9