This box of gorgeous arrived from Australia yesterday afternoon. Stunning Marlborough Chrysoprase that will surely make some incredible jewelry. It will primarily be used for at least one pair of weights, and a few pairs of carved flowers.
Chrysoprase is sometimes referred to as “Australian Jade” due to its resemblance to Burmese imperial jadeite. The best chrysoprase is said to come from the Marlborough area of Queensland, but these translucent blueish green stones from the Yerilla deposit in Western Australia are exceptional.
The deposit is located some 100 miles north of Kalgoorlie and has been mined sporadically since 1995. The chrysoprase at Yerilla occurs in swarms of green throughout an ironstone caprock. It is found as ellipitcal pods from a few centimetres in length to longer seams of up to one meter in long. Veins of white to grey chalcedony and bright green chrysoprase along with nodules of white magnesite are intertwined in gem bearing layers. Antigorite, quartz, and magnesite specimens are also present.