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Freshwater Bracelet
March 2011

This bracelet measures 7 and 1/2" long and is 3/4" at the widest stone.

I crocheted fine silver bezels around each piece of Chrysophrase, and then made a second pass with a basket weave around each unique stone. These glowing, translucent, rough cut pieces of Chrysophrase are securely nestled within each bezel. I used Argentium silver wire which resists tarnishing for an additional quality measure. It is finished with a sleek sterling silver slide clasp.

The gemstone Chrysoprase is an opalescent apple green colored variety of chalcedony (quartz). Most green stones owe their color to chromium or vanadium, but Chrysoprase derives its color from the nickel content. It is found in Australia, Brazil, the Ural Mountains, and the U.S. and is the rarest of the chalcedony group.

Chrysoprase 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. One of the most valuable chalcedony gem stones, Chrysoprase is prized for its color and rarity, it is a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness.