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Chrysoprase

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An apple-green variety of chalcedony. The colour is caused by tiny inclusions of Ni-bearing layers silicates (willemseite, népouite or others).

Compare also mtorodite.



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Classification of Chrysoprase

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Other Names for Chrysoprase

Name in Other Languages:
Breton:Kryzopras
Catalan:Crisopras
Danish:Krysopras
Esperanto:Krizopraso
German:Chrysopras
Italian:Crisoprasio
Latvian:Prazems
Polish:Chryzopraz
Portuguese:Crisoprase
Sicilian:Crisoprasu
Simplified Chinese:绿玉髓
Slovak:Chryzopras
Spanish:Crisoprasa
Swedish:Krysopras
Turkish:Krizopras

Other Information

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Chrysoprase

Reference List:
G. Skrzypek, M. Sachanbiński, M.O. Jędrysek (2003): Oxygen isotope evidence for low temperature formation of chrysoprase. Mineralogical Society of Poland - Special Papers, Vol. 22, p. xx.

Internet Links for Chrysoprase

Specimens:
The following Chrysoprase specimens are currently listed for sale on minfind.com.

Localities for Chrysoprase

map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
Argentina
 
  • Catamarca
    • Andalgalá Department
Raúl Jorge Tauber Larry collection & photo
Australia
 
  • New South Wales
    • Parry Co.
      • Nundle
MR 04316
  • Queensland
    • Greenvale
Queensland Government Mining and Safety website
    • Rockhampton Region
David Baker
Queensland Government Safety and Mining website
Queensland Government Mining and Safety website
  • South Australia
    • North West Province
      • Mount Davies Area
Gemstones - South Australian Chrysoprase, MESA Journal 2, July, 1996.
Gemstones - South Australian Chrysoprase, MESA Journal 2, July, 1996.
Karel Bal Collection
    • Kalgoorlie-Boulder Shire
      • Bulong
Fetherston, J., Stocklmayer, S., Stocklmayer, V.(2013): Gemstones of WA, Geological Survey of WA
Fetherston, J., Stocklmayer, S., Stocklmayer, V. (2013): Gemstones of WA, Geological Survey of WA
      • Gindalbie Station
MINEDEX Database 2006.
    • Leonora Shire
      • Eulaminna (Murrin Murrin mining centre)
Kim Macdonald collection
      • Ten Mile Outcamp
Fetherston, J., Stocklmayer, S., Stocklmayer, V(2013): Gemstones of WA, Geological Survey of WA
      • Yundamindra Station
Fetherston, J., Stocklmayer, S., Stocklmayer, V. (2013): Gemstones of WA, Geological Survey of WA
    • Meekatharra Shire
Outback Mining Company
    • Menzies Shire
Grguric, B. A., Pring, A., Bevan, A. W. R. and Downes, P. J. (2006): The minerals of Comet Vale, Western Australia. Austral. J. Mineral. 12, 9-23.
Fetherston, J., Stocklmayer, S., Stocklmayer, V. (2013): Gemstones of WA, Geological Survey of WA
      • Yerilla Station
Chrysoprase Mines of Australia
    • Ngaanyatjarraku Shire
      • West Musgrave Block
        • Jamieson Community (Mantamaru)
Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku website
        • Wingellina Community
Outback Mining Company
Fetherston, J., Stocklmayer, S., Stocklmayer, V.(2013): Gemstones of WA, Geological Survey of WA
    • Roebourne Shire
      • Roebourne
Roebourne Tourist Bureau and Perth Rock Hunting Club
Brazil
 
Tony Nikischer
Burma (Myanmar)
 
  • Mandalay Division
    • Pyin-Oo-Lwin District
      • Mogok Township
        • Bernardmyo
Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
Ted Themelis (2008) Gems & mines of Mogok
  • Sagaing Division
    • Katha District
      • Tigyaing Township (Htigyaing Township)
Harald Schillhammer collection
Germany
 
  • Saxony
    • Chemnitz
      • Markersdorf
Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", 2001
    • Erzgebirge
Wittern: "Mineralfundorte in Deutschland", 2001
    • Glauchau
H. Vollstädt, R. Baumgärtel: "Einheimische Edelsteine", 2nd. ed., Steinkopff (Dresden), 1977
Japan
 
  • Honshu Island
    • Chubu Region
      • Niigata Prefecture
        • Itoigawa City
          • Ohmi
Alluvial cobbles in innumerable collections; common.
Kazakhstan
 
  • Karagandy Province (Qaragandy Oblysy; Karaganda Oblast')
    • Karkaralinsk Rayon
      • Karkaralinsk (Qarqaraly; Karsakpaj; Qarsaqpaj; Kaskelen)
Pavel M. Kartashov data
    • Zhana-Arkinskii rayon
Gems of Kazakhstan, - textbook, Almaty, 1999, v.1, pp. 71-73 (in Rus.)
Madagascar
 
  • Toamasina Province (Tamatave)
    • Alaotra-Mangoro Region
      • Ambatondrazaka District
Behier, J. (1963): Carte mineralogique de Madagascar. Archive Service Géologique Madagascar. A 1871
Peru
 
Petersen, G.G. (1970) Minería y metalurgía en el antiguo Peru. Arqueologicas, 12 140pp. (Museo Nacional de Antropologia y Arqueologia, Lima)
Poland
 
  • Lower Silesia (Dolnośląskie)
    • Gogołów-Jordanów Massif
A.T.S Mathauser collection
    • Ząbkowice District
No reference listed
http://www.bruschke.org/regionen/schlesien/kosemitz/kosemitz.htm
Spangenberg, K., and Müller, M. (1949): Die lateritische Zersetzung des Peridotits bei der Bildung der Nickelerzlagerstätte von Frankenstein in Schlesien. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 1(5/6), 560-572
Portugal
 
  • Aveiro District
    • Albergaria-a-Velha
      • Branca
Marques de Sá, J. & Leal Gomes, C. (2010): Les mines de cuivre et nickel de Palhal et Telhadela, Albergaria-a-Velha, Aveiro, Portugal. Le Règne Minéral, 92, 36-47.
Russia
 
  • Urals Region
    • Southern Urals
      • Orenburgskaya Oblast'
        • Svetlyi
          • Buruktal District
Mikhailov, B.M. (2000): Lithology and Mineral Resources 35(4), 351-364.
Spain
 
  • Andalusia
    • Málaga
      • Carratraca
Romero Silva JC (2003) Minerales y Rocas de la provincia de Malaga. 318 pp. Published by CEDMA Malaga County Council. Spain
Tanzania
 
  • Dodoma Region
Graetsch, H. A. (2011): Microstructure and origin of colour of chrysoprase from Haneti (Tanzania). Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie - Abhandlungen, 188, 111-117.
USA
 
  • Arizona
    • Gila Co.
      • Globe-Miami District
        • Globe Hills District
          • Globe Hills
            • Globe
              • Old Dominion vein system
                • Buffalo Hill
MacFall (1951), Gem Hunter's Guide, 1st ed.
        • Miami-Inspiration District
          • Inspiration
            • Miami-Inspiration deposit
              • Inspiration Mine
MacFall, 1951. Gem Hunter's Guide, 1st ed.
    • La Paz Co.
      • Plomosa Mts
        • Plomosa District
Keith, Stanton B. (1978) State of Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology, Geol. Sur. Br. Bull. 192, Index of Mining Properties in Yuma Co., Arizona: 170 (Table 4); Arizona Bureau of Mines file data.
    • Mohave Co.
      • Weaver District
Univ. of AZ Bull. 41 (1916-17), Mineralogy of Useful Minerals in AZ: 30; Galbraith, F.W. & Brennan (1959), Minerals of AZ: 85.
  • California
    • Amador Co.
      • Fiddletown District (Oleta District)
        • River Pines
USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10259764.
      • Pardee District
        • Sunnybrook
Root, L.L. (1927) Twenty-third report of the State Mineralogist. California Mining Bureau Report 23, 456 pp.: 149; Carlson, D.W. & W.B. Clark (1954), Mines and Minerals of Amador County, California: California Journal of Mines and Geology: 50(1): 211; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 316; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 344.
    • Butte Co.
      • Magalia District
        • Magalia
Engineering and Mining Journal (Engineering & Mining Journal) (1907), Mining news: 84: 653; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 316.
    • Calaveras Co.
      • Foothill Copper Belt
        • Sugarloaf Mountain
U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
      • Pardee District
        • Valley Springs
U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
    • Kern Co.
      • California City
Troxel, Bennie Wyatt & P.K. Morton (1962), Mines and mineral resources of Kern County, California: California Division Mines & Geology County Report No. 1, 370 pp.: 91-92; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 345.
Butler, 1995. Rockhounding California, p.142.
      • Edmanton District (Meadow Valley District)
Kunz, George Frederick (1902), Precious stones: Mineral Resources U.S., 1901: 755; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 317.
    • Tulare Co.
      • Ivanhoe
        • Venice Hills
Tucker, W. Burling (1919), El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Tehama, and Tulare Counties: California Mining Bureau. Report 15: 911; MacFall (1951), Gem Hunter's Guide, 1st ed.; Goodwin, Joseph Grant (1958), Mines and mineral resources of Tulare County, California: California Journal of Mines and Geology (Report 54): 54(3): 344; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 318; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 350, 424.; Tucker, W. Burling (1919), El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Tehama, and Tulare Counties: California Mining Bureau. Report 15: 911; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 318.; D. B. Sterrett (1912) Mineral Resources of the United States Calendar Year 1911. US Government Printing Office.
      • Lindsay
        • Todds Hill (Todds Hill & Chrysoprase Hill)
Kunz, George Frederick (1905a), Gems, jewelers’ materials, and ornamental stones of California: California Division Mines Bulletin 37, 171 pp.: 76; Tucker, W. Burling (1919), El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Tehama, and Tulare Counties: California Mining Bureau. Report 15: 226-253, 258-266, 271-308, 911; Goodwin, Joseph Grant (1958), Mines and mineral resources of Tulare County, California: California Journal of Mines and Geology: 54: 467; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 283, 318; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California: 350.
      • Orosi
Kunz, George Frederick (1899), Precious stones: Mineral Resources U.S., 1898: 589; Tucker, W. Burling (1919), El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Tehama, and Tulare Counties: California Mining Bureau. Report 15: 226-253, 258-266, 271-308, 911; Goodwin, Joseph Grant (1958), Mines and mineral resources of Tulare County, California: California Journal of Mines and Geology (Report 54): 54(3): 467; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 350.
      • Tennessee Knob
Goodwin, Joseph Grant (1958), Mines and mineral resources of Tulare County, California: California Journal of Mines and Geology: 54: 375-376; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 350.; Kunz, George Frederick (1899), Precious stones: Mineral Resources U.S., 1898: 589; Tucker, W. Burling (1919), Tulare Counties: California Mining Bureau. Report 15: 911; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 318.
Murdoch, "Minerals of California" 1966 p. 298
  • Colorado
    • Chaffee Co.
      • Sedalia District
("Minerals of Colorado, updated & revised", by Eckel, Edwin B., 1997)
Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels
    • Grand Co.
Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels
    • Mineral Co.
      • Creede District
U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
  • Massachusetts
    • Berkshire Co.
      • Florida
Western Massachusetts Geologic Resource Inventory, 3rd Ed., Alan R. Plante (Privately Published), 1994
  • New York
    • St. Lawrence Co.
Dana 6:191.
  • North Carolina
Pratt,Joseph Hyde.,1933,Gems and Gem Minerals of North Carolina: American Mineralogist,Vol.18,No.4,April,1933
Gems and Minerals of America- Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
Kuntz American gems and precious stones
  • Oregon
    • Douglas Co.
      • Riddle District
Kuntz American gems and precious stones
    • Malheur Co.
      • Malheur District (Mormon Basin District)
U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
  • Rhode Island
    • Providence Co.
      • Cumberland
AmMIn 11:334-340
  • Vermont
    • Windham Co.
      • Newfane
Rocks & Min. Vol. 71, (1996)
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