Geology / History

Chrysoprase, is a green cryptocrystalline variety of Chalcedony that contains small quantities of nickel. Considered the most desirable of the Chalcedony group. Its most desired colour is apple-green, but varies to deep green & lemon yellow. Darker varieties of Chrysoprase are sometimes referred to as Prase. The name Chrysoprase is derived from the Greek χρυσός chrysos, meaning 'gold' & πράσινον prasinon, meaning 'green'. The colour of Chrysoprase can fade in sunlight or when heated & colours may return under moist storage.

Chrysoprase occurs from the deep weathering of nickeliferous serpentinites or other ultramafic ophiolite rocks. In the Australian deposits, Chrysoprase occurs below an iron & silica cap. Commonly as veins & nodules with iron oxides & Goethite in Magnesite rich Saprolite.

There is a very similar mineral to Chrysoprase known as Chrome Chalcedony, in which the colour is created by chromium rather than nickel.

Metaphysical Properties

A powerful heart energiser & stone of growth that cleanses stale energy from the heart & replaces it with pure love. Chrysoprase connects to all worlds bringing balance & understanding, it stimulates life force energy. Opens channels to divine insight illuminating the pathways of enlightenment. It is an excellent meditation tool that facilitates a deep connection to the divine. Propels creativity, teaching us how to construct our vision into reality & manifest to the highest good of all.

Chrysoprase knows only truth it cannot be misguided or tricked into behaving badly & will impart its honest resolve with high morals onto its human friends. It guides the heart into forgiveness, purity, love & passion.

An excellent stone for unity especially with loved ones as it shows all sides & brings compassion into defensive disputes. It shows us the source of anger, the fear, then allows it to be gently released in a constructive manner, bringing internal peace with enlightenment.

Holding a deep Mother Earth connection Chrysoprase has the ability to unblock negative energies sending them out of the ethereal body for transmutation through Earth energies it is a powerful healer for mind, body, spirit & Earth.

This stone also opens communication with your ancestors & direct blood lines pulling in wisdom from loved ones in other realms. Chrysoprase enhances one’s ability to create then project positivity & enhance happiness for both the self & others.

Crystal Healing

Heart, stress, sleep disorders, eye issues, hormone imbalance, digestive disorders, skin issues & nerve regeneration.

 

Mineralogy

Group: Chalcedony – Quartz Variety

Crystal System: Trigonal

Composition: SiO

Form/Habit:Microcrystalline aggregates

Hardness: 6.5 to 7

Cleavage: None

Fracture: Conchoidal

Lustre: Vitreous to waxy

Streak: White

Specific Gravity:2.58 to 2.64

Transparency: Translucent - Opaque

R.I: 1.530 to 1.543

Colour: Shades of Green to Yellow

Birefringence: up to 0.004

Fluorescence: None

Pleochroism: Absent

Strunz Classification: 04.DA.05

Dana Classification: 75.01.03.01

Causes of colour: Nickel