Although Emerald is the most well known birthstone for May, Chrysoprase is an alternative stone that is gaining popularity worldwide. Known in ancient times as the Stone of Venus it seems a fitting choice considering the month opens up with Taurus, an astrological sign ruled by Venus. Learn more about Chrysoprase's traits, history & metaphysical properties here.
Chrysoprase is a translucent chalcedony which ranges in color from a light mint to a vibrant apple green. It is considered to be the rarest and most valuable member of the chalcedony family, with darker green specimens being most prized . The green color comes from Pimelite, a nickel silicate hydroxide.
The name given is also related to its color since it is from the Greek words Chrysoprasos and Prason meaning "Golden Green". Chrysoprase is sometimes called Golden Prase and Australian Jade.