04 Jul Chrysoprasus Stone – The making of Fresh Mint and Apple Green Shankla Pendants
Story of the Stone.
Fresh Mint and Apple Green Shankla.
Made of CHRYSOPRASUS, Greek chrysoprasos, the tenth foundation stone of the celestial Jerusalem. It is a kind of green agate, composed mostly of silica and a small percentage of nickel.
Spelled chrysoprase, chrysophrase or chrysoprasus, this opaque gemstone variety of chalcedony owes its lively hue to the small quantities of nickel. Find this stone in tints ranging from apple-green to deep green. The darker varieties of chrysoprase are also referred to as prase. It also may be a reference to the wondrous fertility which is evident through heaven and earth.
Chrysoprase is an attractive gem and semi-precious stone. Chrysoprasus was used by the Greeks, Romans, and the Egyptians in jewelry and other ornamental objects and because of its semi-opaque green color, it is often mistaken for Imperial jadeite.
Chrysoprase is prized for its color and rarity and is said to be the favorite gemstone of Alexander the Great. It has been known and mined in Europe since the 14th century and was extensively used in the 17th and 18th centuries to make jewelry, church utensils, Florentine mosaics, and inlays. The largest deposit now being worked is at Marlborough in Australia.
Not relegated to artsy-craftsy cottage industry jewelry makers, this verdant stone can be accented with quality diamonds, and mounted in fine karat gold. Like other opaque stones, veining and slight differences in color make this gem as unique as the designer who works it into an original design, like the flip flop pendant you see here by Shankla. Each stone is unique because if it’s mix of nickel and silica.
More and more Jewellers are seeing the wisdom in adding opaque stones to their inventory. So, customers with a yen for the unconventional yet beautiful jewel will be able to consider these stone as precious individual pieces. And since Pantone, Inc. pronounced the upbeat emerald green as the color for 2013, it’s the ideal time to wear this gem.
Modeling the Apple Green Shankla is Rocio Gomes of mykingsroad.com, was Rocio Gomez and it was a pleasure having one of the most active bloggers in the country in the shop last Friday, bearing in mind her busy schedule between Madrid, Milan and Marbella, a kiss for you! I share some photos of Rocio with the Shanklas, in particular the Apple Green Shankla.