"I've just bought a strand (well several actually) of lemon yellow chrysoprase beads. Some are lenticular and others round. Amongst the gurus here does anyone know where this material comes from. I'm told that it's "African".
Hi Tony, I don’t see chrysoprase described in that exact color. It
could be a variety of chalcedony called carnelian, which ranges from
translucent yellow orange to orangy red. If that were the case, it is
most likely from Brazil, India, or Uruguay.
If it looks semitransparent (almost see-through) to translucent (more
milky) and has a color light to medium yellowish green, then it is
the variety of chalcedony that is called chrysoprase, and can be from
Australia, India, Czechoslovakia, and the US.
However, chalcedony comes in no less than 20 different varieties (two
mentioned above), the variety depending on color and appearance
variations. The two I’ve mentioned are the two varieties closest to
the color you mentioned. There are no sources listed from Africa.
So if the beads came from Africa truly, then either they have found a
new source for chalcedony or the beads were not really from Africa.
Susan Borgo Alby, GG
Samba Custom Design
Burlington, WI, USA