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Article: Prasiolite


Prasiolite as a green variety of quartz

  • Prasiolite is a green variety of quartz.
  • It is also known as green quartz, green amethyst, or vermarine.
  • Most natural prasiolite comes from a small Brazilian mine since 1950.
  • It has also been mined in the Lower Silesia region of Poland.
  • Natural prasiolite has been found in the Thunder Bay area of Canada.

Use of prasiolite in jewelry

  • Most prasiolite sold is used in jewelry settings.
  • It can substitute for more expensive precious gemstones.
  • Prasiolite is a rare stone in nature.
  • Artificial prasiolite is produced by heat treatment of amethyst.
  • Heat treatment and ionizing radiation are used to create prasiolite on the market.

Misconceptions and alternative names

  • Green quartz is sometimes incorrectly called green amethyst.
  • The name 'green amethyst' is not acceptable according to Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.
  • Other names for green quartz include vermarine and lime citrine.
  • Prasiolite is derived from Greek words meaning 'scallion green-colored stone.'
  • Natural prasiolite is very light and translucent green, while darker green quartz is usually artificially treated.

Additional information and references

  • Prasiolite is listed as a mineral in the List of Minerals.
  • References for prasiolite information can be found on,, and
  • The California Institute of Technology provides a mineral spectroscopy server.
  • GemSelect provides information on green amethyst.
  • The meaning and properties of green quartz can be found on

External links and categories

  • has information on prasiolite.
  • The article on prasiolite is a stub that can be expanded.
  • The Wikipedia page for prasiolite provides more details.
  • Prasiolite falls under the category of quartz gemstones.
  • The article is categorized as a mineral stub and has short descriptions and dates.

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