The Stone of Grace
A stone for springtime, sometimes referred to as the Mother of Jade, Chrysoprase is a beautiful opalescent apple green color of a variety of Chalcedony. Most often green gemstones owe their color to chromium or vanadium. Chrysoprase is different though, as it derives it’s beautiful coloration from the nickel content it contains. Which means that it is possible for the color to fade if it is subjected to too much sunlight. Therefore one must pay extra attention in the care of this stone.
The name Chrysoprase is believed to come from the Greek chrysos meaning ‘gold’ and prason, meaning ‘leek’ or ‘bloom’. It is said that the Greeks may have bestowed this stone with the name due to the presence of the golden drops that appear to be contained within the stone.
Scientific Gemstone Properties
Mohs Hardness of 7 with a trigonal crystal structure
Chrysoprase is a cryptocrystalline, which means that the stone is composed of tiny crystals so fine that they are not able to be seen as distinct particles under normal magnification. This characteristic sets Chrysoprase apart from Rock Crystal, Amethyst, Citrine, as well as the other varieties of crystalline quartz. Those stones are basically transparent and formed from easily recognizable six-sided crystals.
Other members of the cryptocrystalline quartz family include Agate, Carnelian, and Onyx. Unlike many of the non-transparent members of the quartz family, it is truly the color of Chrysoprase, rather than a pattern of markings that makes it desirable.
Chrysoprase can be found in Australia, Brazil, the Ural Mountains, and in the USA. It is the valued form of the chalcedony group.
Metaphysical Gemstone Properties
Often when one is drawn to the Chrysoprase stone, they already possess all the courage that is needed but have difficulty recognizing and accessing it. Chrysoprase allows one to tap into this inner courage and strength with the wisdom to use it wisely.
At one time it was believed that Chrysoprase held the sacred flame of the Goddess, it will assists one in recognizing the trinity within oneself. Helping to bring what is currently unconscious, and possibly damaging, into the conscious realm; where it may be assessed and dealt with so it may be let go.
Chrysoprase has been credited with banishing greed, selfishness, and carelessness. Told to stir the imagination, Chrysoprase is said to bring about happiness, cheerfulness, action, progress, and adventure. Bringing success to new enterprises by assisting in versatility, adaptability, prudence, and open mindedness.
Told to have the ability to remove and balance both inferiority and superiority complexes. protect from evil dreams and demons, but also to build courage to see one’s own truth.
Healing Gemstone Properties
Noteable healing powers of Chrysoprase include strengthening the eyes, restricting the flow of excessive blood, and relieving the pain of rheumatism. One legend tells us that the medicinal manner to strengthen the eyes could only occur when gazing at Chrysoprase while the moon was passing though Taurus and Cancer.
Chrysoprase is said to speed the healing process of just about any wound, but it should not be placed directly on the body during healing sessions, but instead held over the affected areas. Keep a Chrysoprase close to your bed at night to speed healing of any type of wound.
Often used to treat the male and female reproductive organs. When consciously directed, it is also used to stimulate and increase fertility as well.
Chrysoprase has been gifted with the ability to assist in ailments such as banishing greed, selfishness, carelessness, and irritability, While also offering imagination, happiness, adaptability, versatility, progress, and adventure. As well as protecting one from evil demons and bringing success in all new experiences.
Chrysoprase must be cleansed briefly under running water before each use and then recharged overnight among a host of rock crystals at least every two weeks. Cleanse during a rain shower whenever possible.
Magical Gemstone Properties
Powers: Protection, Healing, Success & Luck
Candle Color: Apple Green
Being a magic stone of ancient Greek, it was recharged in the open air at half moon in order to ensure prosperity, good health, and a happy marriage.
One may carry or wear Chrysoprase to summon prosperity and attract money. Chrysoprase will also double as a shield and protector against negative thoughts of others. If necessary, place a Chrysoprase near the front entrance of one’s home or place of business to protect one from the negative thoughts of all who enter.
Chrysoprase was once believed to hold the Sacred Flame of the Mother Goddess and it is therefore a great altar stone for those who practice this worship.
Recharge Chrysoprase in a rain shower whenever possible.
Zodiac Gemstone Properties
Zodiac Stone of: Cancer & Taurus
Birthstone: Not a Birthstone for any month
Although this stone is associated with more than a half a dozen Zodiac signs, it is most often associated with Taurus and Cancer.
Said to be an important stone for those born under the sign of Cancer, as it will provide balance between the conscious and unconscious mind.
Chakra Gemstone Properties
Chrysoprase is said to be useful in balancing the yin/yang energy and for aligning one’s chakras with the ethereal plane. Activating, opening and energizing the 4th, Heart Chakra bringing the energy required for the physical body through the energy of the heart chakra, transforming it into physical energy.
When meditating, wearing Chrysoprase has been known to facilitate a deep heart connection with Mother Earth, often manifesting harmony, abundance, and contentment.