Love for coloured stones Chrysoprase jewellery. Chrysoprase is a wonderful stone, a rich green that varies from light to medium. This stone has proved extremely popular this summer, with some of my stockists selling out within weeks and asking for more!
You can see from these pictures that the natural stone has yellow, black and brown running through it.
The name Chrysoprase comes from the Greek words meaning ‘Gold’ and ‘Green’.
I would have loved to include some rough Chrysoprase within the Tallulah collection, but because of the nature and colour within the stone, felt that the end product would not be ‘green’ enough. So I have had to satisfy my lust for Chrysoprase with faceted and cabochon stones.
The stones I tend to pick will vary in shades of green, and if I come across a faceted stone with maybe a variation in colour I will more than likely use it in my jewellery. An alternative to the lovely natural Chrysoprase is dyed Chalcedony, just to confuse matters further, Chyrsoprase is part of the Chalcedony family of stones (a post devoted to Chalcedony will follow shortly).
Chalcedony (dyed) is being used more and more in silver Jewellery for two reasons, firstly because it is cheaper, but also because there is more control over the colour. However, this is something I would want to resist resorting too. For me stones with their natural beauty, variations and inclusions are what make designing jewellery so fascinating.
Jasmine Earrings Chrysoprase and Green Amethyst
This is a lovely example of how the variation in Chyrsoprase colour can be used to add interest to a piece of Jewellery.
If we add used dyed stones all the Chrysoprase stones could have been exactly the same colour. And the piece of jewellery would lose it’s unique quality.