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 gemdat.org, galleries.com, and quarzpage.de.
- 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 firemountaingems.com.
External links and categories
- Mindat.org 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.
Prasiolite Data Sources