Antique Arts & Crafts Silver Chrysoprase Drop Pendant Circa 1910

The word “chrysoprase” originates from the Greek “chrysos” meaning “gold” and “prasinon” meaning “green”. The Ancient Greeks and Romans would use it to make seals, signets, and other jewelry as the color was, and still is, enthralling. Legend has it that chrysoprase was Alexander the Great’s favorite gemstone. It was known as the stone of Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love.  During the Middle Ages, chrysoprase was thought to be a magical stone that was recharged when placed outside beneath a half-moon.  

This antique Arts and Crafts silver chrysoprase drop pendant was handcrafted in England around 1910.  This elegant and detailed pendant features filigree silverwork that enhances the two oval en cabochon shamrock green chrysoprases. The larger chrysoprase measures 10.5 x 7.5 x 4.8 mm and weighs approximately 2.7 carats while the smaller chrysoprase measures 8 x 5.5 x 4.1 mm and weighs approximately 1.29 carats. Overall, this drop pendant measures 92 x 33 mm. There are no marks and it has been acid tested.

Chrysoprase is made of crystals that are so fine they are unidentifiable by the naked eye, it’s known as cryptocrystalline.

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