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Chrysoprase Gemstone

Quartz is one of the most ubiquitous minerals in the world. Quartz occurs in many forms, but the species is can usefully be divided into two families: the macro crystalline and the microcrystalline.

Macrocrystalline quartz has larger crystals that can be detected by the naked eye, while microcrystalline varieties are formed from aggregates of tiny crystals that can only be seen under the microscope.

Macrocrystalline quartz varieties tend to be transparent with a vitreous luster, and include amethyst, ametrine, citrine, rose quartz and rock crystal. The microcrystalline varieties tend to be opaque with a waxy luster, and includes gems like chalcedony, agate, onyx, carnelian, bloodstone and chrysoprase.

Chrysoprase Meaning:

The meaning of Chrysoprase comes from two words, chrys being the Greek for 'gold or yellow' and prase from the Greek for 'leek', referring to the green coloring of it.

About Chrysoprase:

Chrysoprase is probably the least known member of the microcrystalline group, but it is generally considered to be the rarest and most valuable. It ranges in color from a soft to vivid apple-green, and especially fine specimens have considerable translucency. It is usually cut as cabochons and makes attractive rings and pendants. It can be found in larger sizes as well.

Like the other microcrystalline quartzes, chrysoprase has a hardness of 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale, a density of 2.58 to 2.64, and refractive index of 1.530 to 1.540.

Natural quartz is colorless and colored specimens get their color from trace elements. Chrysoprase is colored green by nickel and is one of very few gemstones colored by this element (the other is gaspeite). Green gems are typically colored by iron (peridot), chromium (emerald, chrome tourmaline, chrome diopside) or vanadium (tsavorite garnet).
The colors of the natural stone varies, depending on how much nickel there is them. In the past the gold or yellowish green colored stone may have been more common, but these days the apple green Chrysoprase is the most common variety.


Chrysoprase tends to occur in weathered materials from nickel deposits. The most famous historical chrysoprase deposits were in Poland. Chrysoprase is now found in a number of locations, including Australia, Brazil, Madagascar and Tanzania. The chrysoprase from Central Queensland in Australia is particularly fine and some specimens display the prized translucency that give the impression of high quality jade. Australia now produces about 85% of the world's supply of chrysoprase.

Benefits of  Chrysoprase:

Green Chrysoprase is a delightful stone of the green ray. It is a variety of chalcedony, which is a type of quartz, and is one of the more valuable stones of this group.

It brings through the vibration of Divine Truth, and promotes joy and happiness, while healing the heart of energies of depression and anxiety.

It has metaphysical properties for healing as well as being a stone to attract new love and abundance and prosperity.

This stone will empower you to understand more deeply, the concepts around Divine Truth, as you center yourself within your heart.

It promotes feelings of love and of forgiveness, and releases ego based negativity associated with co-dependent relationships.

            This is an excellent stone for anyone who needs a lift, as it promotes joy, self acceptance and independence, as well as forgiveness and compassion towards others.

Who Should Use It:

This lovely crystal helps to bring acceptance and healing into the cells of the body, and prepare them for deep healing.

These two energies combine to bring an abundance of love and prosperity into your life, and the possibility of attracting new love, if that is what you desire.

As it promotes joy and happiness, it will assist many who have been finding life difficult to learn more about being happy.

If you are in a co-dependent relationship, it will help you to let of people in your life that are holding you back, and become independent. It will also help you to understand the circumstances that created this dependence.

How To Use It:

This lovely stone wearing it as jewelry or last finger, it will be beneficial. It is also easy to buy a Chrysoprase stone to keep in your pocket, and as it is an excellent stone to use for meditation, this may be helpful.

The energy of this stone may induce deep meditative states. During meditation with this crystal, you will be enabled to make a connection with the Divine mind.

This stone embodies a strong vibration of forgiveness. This works powerfully within the higher heart or higher heart chakra, or you may choose to use this green stone at the sacral or navel chakra for this use.

It is a powerful stone to assist you when you need inner child healing, as an important part of that process is forgiveness.

It is a Libra birthstone, but anyone can use it bcs it has strong positive effects.