Chrysoprase is a gemstone variety of chalcedony. Its color is normally apple-green but varies to deep green.
Chrysoprase is cryptocrystalline, which means that it is composed of crystals so fine that they cannot be seen as distinct particles under normal magnification. This sets it apart from rock crystal, amethyst, citrine, and the other varieties of crystalline quartz.
The word chrysoprase comes from the Greek χρυσός chrysos meaning 'gold' and πράσινον prasinon, meaning 'green'.
Unlike emerald which owes its green color to the presence of chromium, the color of chrysoprase is due to trace amounts of nickel compounds in the form of very small inclusions. In the Australian deposits, chrysoprase occurs as veins and nodules with brown goethite and other iron oxides in the magnesite-rich saprolite below an iron and silica cap.
The best-known sources of chrysoprase are Queensland, Western Australia, Haneti Tanzania, Germany, Poland, Russia, Arizona, California, and Brazil. Deposits in central Tanzania have been in constant production since 1986. The chrysoprase and Ni silicate ore deposit in Szklary, Lower Silesia, Poland, was probably the biggest European chrysoprase occurrence and possibly also the biggest in the world.
This is a crystal for happiness, that helps anyone who needs a lift, as it promotes joy, self acceptance and independence, as well as forgiveness and compassion towards others.
It is a stone of grace and compassion. Chrysoprase facilitates deep meditation and relaxation. Use Chrysoprase to encourage acceptance of one and of others, by banishing feelings of superiority or inferiority from within. Chrysoprase can also be used as a loving and supportive stone during experiences of deep loss. It is known for bringing hope into dire situations and is excellent for breaking negative cycles.
Chrysoprase can be used to treat disorders of the heart and to increase dexterity. Lemon Chrysoprase, also called Citron, can be used to assist in the assimilation of Vitamin C, treat reproductive organs and increase fertility.