Chrysoprase is a kind of chalcedony that exudes a bright green, often mistaken for jade. It is best known for its ability to bring happiness and confidence to the one holding it, allowing both their emotions and hearts to be balanced. Embark with me on a journey as we look at all the different meanings of chrysoprase and how it can benefit your life.
What is Chrysoprase?
Chrysoprase is the name of the green variety of chalcedony, which is a type of quartz. This particular gem is a beautiful granny smith apple green, and receives its color from traces of nickel in the mineral. Additionally, green chalcedony can also be derived if the mineral is mixed with chromium too.
Chrysoprase is an opaque stone, so you won’t see it in gem shapes like other healing crystals. Instead, its normally found as a polished cabochon. Chrysoprase finds its value in the richness and saturation of its green hues.
The best chrysoprase gems are going to be a bright apple green. Have you ever had one of those caramel apple pops that seem to hit grocery shelves around Halloween? That color green is the color a high-quality chrysoprase.
Chrysoprase Meaning in History
Like all gems and minerals, chrysoprase has its own history throughout our world in different cultures. This pretty gem gets its name from the Greek words “chrysos,” meaning gold, and “prasinon”, meaning green.
In Greek mythology, chrysoprase was called the Stone of Venus because it was believed to complement the stance of Divine Love of Truth. Truthfulness to oneself is actually a property of chrysoprase.
There is a popular story told by Albert Magnus, of Greece, about chrysoprase being a stone worn by Alexander the Great. The story goes to say that he loved chrysoprase so much, he wore the stone in his belt while fighting. He said it helped him win his battles.
The story goes on to say that Alexander the Great stopped to bathe in a river. He had tossed his belt nearby in the grass. A snake was entranced by the stone a bit it. Realizing it wasn’t food, the snake spat it into the water. Alexander was never able to find the stone, and he never won a battle afterward.
In the Christian religion, chrysoprase is referred to as the 10th stone in foundation of New Jerusalem, talked about in the bible. Now, it is a little conflicting as many of the translations name the stone as turquoise. Turquoise, is obviously a different stone, but many think it is referred to as the stone color, not the technical name. The passage is in Revelations 21:19-20.
Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians all used chrysoprase in ornamental jewelry and décor. It could be seen in seals, signet jewelry, and captured in carved statues as well. They were all drawn by its bright green coloring, which made it a favorite for stand-out décor.
Uses for chrysoprase weren’t very common beyond ornamental until around the Middle Ages. Then, there were some pretty interesting uses. For instance, at one point, it was thought that by putting it inside the mouth, you’d become invisible. Since then, this theory has been disproven, obviously. But wouldn’t that be something?
Another theory was that if the color of chrysoprase faded once placed inside the mouth, that meant that there was poison present. This is another theory that has been disproven.
During the middle ages, much of the world’s earliest chrysoprase deposit was in Poland. Mining continued from then up until the 1980s at that deposit. It shut down for a while and resumed use in 2010.
Most of the chrysoprase we see today is coming from Australia. However, there are deposits found all over the world. Chrysoprase has been seen in places like Brazil, Slovakia, Tanzania, India, and Russia.
Chrysoprase Meaning in the Jewelry Market
When looking for chrysoprase from a collecting or jewelry buying perspective, there are different qualities in a stone that are desirable. We’ve talked about how the color of a chrysoprase is pertinent to the quality of a good chrysoprase. Let’s dive into that a bit more.
The best colored chrysoprase are a medium bright green. If the stone is too light, you’ll see some of the secondary hues. The secondary hues are yellow and blue in chrysophase, but you don’t want to see the yellow. Chrysoprases that are yellow are undesirable and not considered top-notch.
If the blue secondary shows more, that’s a little better. Blue is still better than yellow. You can sometimes find aqua-colored chrysoprase on the market as well.
A quality chrysoprase shouldn’t contain any inclusions. It is a very common mineral found in large quantities. This makes it easier for lapidaries, or gem cutters, to fashion stones out of.
Sometimes, chrysoprase is actually wanted with inclusions. When you come across chrysoprase with inclusions, they are often unique and pretty patterns.
Chrysoprase is a cryptocrystalline, which means that it is a crystal made up of thousands of tiny crystals. However, they don’t have the typical structure you see in crystals like quartz, so it is not a transparent stone.
This is why you won’t see chrysoprase in a gem form, but usually as cabochon or even carved. Chrysoprase has been used in cameos and artwork as well as jewelry. Another similar stone to this would be turquoise. You never see that in gem form either.
There really isn’t a difference in price with chrysoprase. You’re more likely to see larger carat weights with chrysoprase, as it is popular for larger statement jewelry. Because there is an abundance of chrysoprase found in the world, it is easy for everyone to purchase higher carat weights of this stone.
However, the larger the stone, it is harder to discern the milky transparency of color. Finding one that does retain its translucence might peak in price.
Chrysoprase Meaning in Crystal Healing
When it comes to the practice of crystal healing, chrysoprase is an exceptional stone with a ton of different positive properties. Let’s check out the different meanings and powers this stone has.
Chrysoprase and the Chakras
Every crystal has a chakra or chakras that they align with. By placing the right crystal with its corresponding chakra, energy is transmitted between the two. Chrysoprase connects best with two of the seven chakras: the Heart Chakra and Solar Plexus Chakra
These two chakras are very similar to each other as they both harness your intuition and emotions. They also both deal with how you see yourself, your self-esteem, and ambitions. These chakras help keep you centered and balanced.
Chrysoprase & the Heart Chakra
The Heart Chakra is one of the most difficult chakras to balance, as it is the powerhouse for emotions like love, passion, and kindness. When this chakra is unbalanced, things can be quite chaotic.
When a chakra is unbalanced, it can be overactive just like a baby can be overstimulated. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.
In the case of the Heart Chakra, when its overbalanced, you can make some pretty questionable and sometimes dangerous decisions all in the name of following your heart. You can attach yourself to people who might not be good for your energy, and not be able to discern through infatuation.
Similarly, when the Heart Chakra is underbalanced, the presence of love is all but a distant memory. A damaged Heart Chakra can make one cold, bitter, and angry. You no longer see the beauty of things and people that once meant a great deal to you, don’t mean much anymore.
Thankfully, we have healing stones like Chrysoprase that can help balance your Heart Chakra. Your Heart Chakra is very difficult to stay balanced, as the matter of the heart is always changing. The Heart Chakra is associated with green color stones, making Chrysoprase an excellent choice for the heart.
The powers of Chysoprase’s abilities to mend a broken heart, promote new love, and other relating characteristics are given more energy when the stone is connected to the Heart Chakra. Chrysoprase used here is helpful in mending the heart from a painful breakup, childhood abuse, help you heal and keeps the love flowing within you.
Chrysoprase & the Solar Plexus Chakra
The Solar Plexus Chakra is where we contain other matters of the heart, like our dreams and ambitions, and our self-worth. Your whole identity and personality lies within this chakra.
It is located in the diaphragm. By placing a chrysoprase stone on the Solar Plexus chakra, you can bring balance to that chakra.
While the green of chrysoprase does go best with the Heart Chakra, it can still be very helpful to the Solar Plexus chakra. Think of it as a secondary chakra. The happiness of chrysoprase can connect to the place of self-confidence within the Solar Plexus Chakra.
All of our gut feelings and intuition are channeled by the Solar Plexus Chakra. It is also where your inner strength is drawn from. The Solar Plexus Chakra is essentially the core of you as a person.
When the Solar Plexus Chakra is overactive, we tend to over-control. Because it is the chakra in which we mold ourselves too, we start to try to mold others into what we think they should be as well. Unpleasant tendencies like micromanaging and being a control-freak.
If its underactive, you’ll be pretty much the exact opposite of confident: insecure. You will start questioning everything around you, overthinking, and reading into situations that aren’t at all what you’re making them. It will evoke the needy and indecisiveness out of you.
Chrysoprase Emotional Healing Properties
When using chrysoprase’s emotional and mental healing properties, this stone is sure to aid in many difficult conditions that affect the mind and emotions. For those that struggle with anger and resentment toward life in general, this stone can help bring out the positive and dissuade you from rage.
Chrysoprase keeps away feelings of depression, anxiety, fear, and presents you with mental clarity. For those that struggle with co-dependence, it can give allow you to feel secure and safe, confident in your own abilities. Perhaps most useful of all, chrysoprase is said to be able to mend a broken heart.
Chrysoprase Physical Healing Properties
In addition to its many emotional and mental healing properties, chrysoprase has quite a few physical healing properties as well. All around, this is a great stone for healing with all illnesses.
Chrysoprase specializes in healing eyesight issues and help with balancing hormones. For better sleep, you can place the stone under your pillow. It’s been said chrysoprase has the power to speed healing if placed over the pained area.
Taking Care of Your Chrysoprase
Now that you know all of the meanings and uses of this beautiful and powerful stone, you’ll want to take excellent care of your very own chrysoprase. Whether you’re getting it in the form of wearable jewelry, unset cabochon, or in the form of art, you’ll want to keep it in tip-top shape.
Durability of Chrysoprase
The first thing you need to know, especially if you’re wearing it as jewelry, is the durability of the stone. As a mineral, chrysoprase reaches a 6.5-7 on the Moh mineral scale of hardness. If you don’t know, that is the general scale on which all durability of minerals is measured. The highest is a diamond, which is a 10 on the Moh scale.
Resilience of Chrysoprase
It’s been said that if left in direct exposure of the sunlight too long, chrysoprase’s bright green starts to fade. This is partially true. Some chrysoprase will fade in sunlight, but not all. As long as the chrysoprase is 100% natural and untreated, it will not fade.
Even though there’s no real difference in price, you will likely come across dyed chrysoprase. Dyed chrysoprase will be less expensive, but there’s not a huge difference. These dyes are used to give the stone better saturation and brighter color.
Cleaning this stone is very simple. It can be cleaned using mild soap and water. Use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean away any dirt. If you decided to opt for a professional jewelry cleaner, make sure you are using one compatible with the type of metal it is set in. It can also be used in ultrasonic cleaners.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about meanings of the gorgeous green stone of chrysoprase. Chrysoprase is the perfect stone for the person who feels they have lost themselves to the trauma of their lives. If you need a revamping and renewing of your confidence, mending of your heart, and a whole new outlook of self-worth, chrysoprase will have great meaning for you!