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Chrysoprase Origin & Physical Properties
Chrysoprase is a gemstone variety of Chalcedony that receives its green color from trace amounts of nickel and more rarely with the addition of chromium or chlorite. It is a cryptocrystalline made up of micro crystals that are too small to identify under normal magnification. Other closely related cryptocrystalline silicas include Agate, Carnelian and Chalcedony of other color shades. Chrysoprase lis made of very fine crystal ingrowths of quartz and moganite. It is a nearly pure Silicon dioxide with trace elements that cause its coloration. It can be semitransparent to translucent and has a hardness like that of quartz, 6.5 - 7 Mohs.
The name Chrysoprase is a combination of two ancient Greek words, ‘chrusos’ meaning golden and ‘prason’ meaning leek, the ‘golden leek’ describing the typical color of Chrysoprase. Brightly colored Chrysoprase with a high translucency are considered to be the most valuable. The biggest sources for gem quality Chrysoprase include Tanzania, Poland, Indonesia, Brazil and Queensland, Australia who produce more than 80% of the world’s supply.
Vitreous to waxy
|2.63 - 2.65
1.530 to 1.543
Translucent to Opaque
Green to yellow
Myanmar, Poland, USA, Australia
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Chrysoprase Healing & Metaphysical Properties
Chrysoprase is a bright and uplifting green variety of Chalcedony that has the energy of Spring, fresh green growth, new life and renewal. It is aligned with the Heart Chakra and can help to balance the Yin and Yang of one’s energetic body. By helping to open the heart, we can let go of old trauma, emotional baggage and pain. Trust in your power and expand your center of compassion and unconditional love.
Chrysoprase is an excellent stone for battling depression. It can help to fuel positive feelings and not feed the negative ones. In ancient times, Chrysoprase was associated with the planet Venus, “the divine lover of truth”. Open your heart to change, positive forces and engage with your highest truth.