Discovered mid nineties, Macedonian green opal is also known as (Bulgarian) Chrysoprase green opal. It originates in Serbia near the Macedonian border. The apple green colour is from trace amount of nickel
Chrysoprase is a green Chalcedony, a fibrous form of quartz, so a member of the Quartz family. It’s crystal system is hexagonal (trigonal), with its colour is normally apple-green but can vary to a deep green. Due to its comparative scarcity and pleasing green colour It is one of the rarest and most valuable of the Chalcedonies. It’s green colour comes from nickel, and it often occurs as nodules or in crevices in nickel deposit.
Chrysoprase was used as gemstone in ancient Greece as far back as 400 B.C. and was mined in Poland since the 14th century. Current important deposits of Chrysoprase are in Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, South Africa and Russia.
Chrysoprase is considered to be a heart-healing stone, and is said to help one work through a host of emotional imbalances. It may help us release attachment to fear-based emotions, belief systems and actions. It is said to be an excellent stone for those who choose to heal form abuse, breaking the cycle of abuse for future generations. It may also be helpful in understanding the karmic basic for emotional patterns within relationships.
Physically Chrysoprase is said to support general healing and regeneration. Some say it’s the ‘stone of youth’, in that it may assist in maintaining a youthful spirit, outlook and energy. It may also be helpful in recuperation from degeneration diseases of all types.
It is highly regarded by metaphysics for stimulating the heart Chakra and providing a burst of energy while assisting in overcoming fear, dread and the scars of old emotional wounds. Many consider it a tool for building and sustaining self-confidence and creativity in the wearer. The present oval-shaped cabochon opal is a translucent high-domed cabochon displays a unique, well-saturated celadon green colour and excellent polish.
Green opals help give an energy boost. Green Opal, in particular, is a cleansing and rejuvenating gemstone that gives meaning to life and brings about spiritual perspective, while strengthening the immune system.