Chrysoprase is a gemstone variety of chalcedony (a cryptocrystalline form of silica) that contains small quantities of nickel. Its colour is normally apple-green to deep green and usually translucent but may become opaque in poorer samples. Unlike many non-transparent silica minerals, it is the colour of Chrysoprase that makes it desirable. A lemon variety of Chrysoprase is also readily available.
The name Chrysoprase comes from the Greek chrysos meaning ‘gold’ and prason, meaning ‘leek’ or ‘bloom’. The Greeks bestowed this name due to the presence of the golden drops that appear to be contained in the stone.
The Greeks, Romans and Egyptians used this material for signets and seals as well as jewellery during early times. It is believed to have been the favourite gemstone of Alexander the Great. In the Victorian era it was very popular and used in jewellery pieces, usually fashioned into cabochons, beads and bangles or carved into other ornamental objects.
Chrysoprase is used as a shield or protector from negative energy. A small bowl made from Chrysoprase kept by the front entrance to the home is considered a very wise procedure. In ancient Greece this magic stone was recharged in the open at the half moon in order to ensure good heath and a happy marriage.
Chrysoprase helps to make conscious what was unconscious. It strengthens the workings of insight and the higher consciousness and promotes hope. It’s vibrations have a soothing effect that seem to bring damaging subconscious thought to the foreground, where it can be assessed and dealt with properly.
Chrysoprase is powerful stone. It is said to bring good fortune and prosperity, as well as business success. It facilitates self-expression and courage and the ability to use these talents wisely. It has been said to create happiness, enterprise, prudence adaptability, versatility, action, progress and adventure. Keep this stone on your desk or in your work area for inspiration and innovative ideas. Carry a small piece of Chrysoprase with you at all times to attract money.
It helps to get rid of negative thoughts and irritability, banish greed, selfishness and carelessness. It also enhances and strengthens personal relationships. It encourages hope and joy. Chrysoprase is a stone of balance that equalises yin and yang energies and induces deep meditation. It can mend broken hearts and remove inferiority or superiority complexes. It relates primarily to the heart chakra, which it activates, opens and energises. It also aligns all the chakras.
It is believed that carrying one of these stones for a long period of time attunes you to the Devic realm.
Chrysoprase is excellent for relaxation and inducing peaceful sleep. It heals the inner child, releasing emotions locked in since childhood. It reduces claustrophobia and nightmares.
It has a strong detoxifying action, it can mobilise heavy metals from out of the body, and stimulate liver function.
Use this stone to speed the healing of any wound, to staunch the flow of blood and relieve the pain of rheumatism. It is a powerful healing stone that aids failing eyesight or other eye problems, immune system response, fertility issues, gout, mental illness, relieves fevers and excess body heat, and can help guard against sexually transmitted diseases. It treats skin diseases, goitres and heart problems, balances the hormones and soothes the digestive system. Preferably this stone should not be placed directly on the body; instead hold it over the affected area, for acute cases use as an elixir. An elixir can calm stomach problems caused by stress.
Carry a Chrysoprase in a pocket to help with healing. Also keep a Chrysoprase close to your bed at night to speed healing.