Chrysoprase is a gorgeous translucent apple-green variety of microcrystalline quartz.
The ancient Greeks and Romans used chrysoprase as a decorative stone. Its name comes from the Greek word chrysos meaning "gold" and prason meaning "leek", alluding to both its value and its color.
Saint Wenceslas Chapel
Centuries ago mines in Poland and other regions produced large quantities of very fine chrysoprase. In the Wenceslas Chapel in Prague, chrysoprase was used for luxurious interior decoration.
Birthstone, pre-1900, Russian: December
Apostle: Saint Thaddeus
Planet: Mercury and Venus