Property of Various Owners
Chrysoprase Pair of Iguanas
Near Malborough, Queensland, Australia
A rare gem, chrysoprase is prized for the bright, translucent, apple-green color it displays considered by many collectors to rival Burmese jadeite. The characteristic green color is caused by nickel oxides that penetrate the stone during its formation. Marlborough in Queensland, Australia was the best-known chrysoprase locality several decades ago. Carved from a single piece of fine quality celadon green chrysoprase the artist has made imaginative use of the inherent characteristics of the mineral. The green portion of the boulder was used to carve the two iguanas, while the ironstone portion depicts the branch upon which they rest.
Measures 8 x 6 x 2 1/2 in