The color in these lemon magnesite beads is phenomenal, and it's natural. It's a bright, minty, yellow-green that almost seems to glow with intensity. I searched for these on Google, and most people are calling it lemon chrysoprase. But chrysoprase is a chalcedony quartz in the silicate group, and magnesite is in the carbonate group. And chrysoprase is much more expensive.
Because these are in the carbonate group, they're very soft with a Mohs hardness of 3.5 to 4.5. This is too soft for use in jewelry, so the beads are stabilized to increase their durability. Quite frankly, if I were making jewelry right now, I would keep all of these. I'll just keep one.
- Bead Size: 6.2mm to 6.4mm
- Strand Length: 16" Minimum (67 beads)
- Treatments: Waxed. Stabilized