Published May 2018  •  Updated February 2024  •  Read Time: 5 minutes
Citron Chrysoprase, also called Lemon Chrysoprase or Lemon Magnesite is a rare yellow-green variety of Magnesite found only in Western Australia.  It is actually found in a Chrysoprase Mine and can even be found intergrown with that lovely green gem.  Scientifically and energetically, however, this pretty gem is very much a Magnesite.  It is joyful and curious and inspires us to keep asking big questions and seeking out deeper answers.  During difficult times, it is a great talisman, giving us hope while also encouraging us to take practical action.  It invites us to always be asking ourselves how we can make the world and our own life better.

Citron Chrysoprase

Citron Chrysoprase Healing Energy

Spiritual Healing Properties

Citron Chrysoprase has a sweet and happy vibration, which reminds us that life is good and meant to be enjoyed.  It helps us to see the silver lining and make the best of difficult situations.  It activates our psychic gifts and increases our ability to receive and understand the information sent to us by our spirit guides and guardian angels.  Citron Chrysoprase is a wonderful crystal ally to help us cultivate unconditional love and compassion, particularly at times when it is not easy to be empathetic.  It helps us to set our own ego and pride aside, and instead see the situation from other points of view and to realize where forgiveness and understanding can grow.  Citron Chrysoprase helps us to feel directly connected to the Divine and to trust that we are safe and supported.

Metaphysical Properties Citron Chrysoprase
Chakra Heart, Third Eye and Crown
Element Storm
Numerology 3
Zodiac Aries

Emotional Healing Properties

Citron Chrysoprase releases stress and helps us to find our emotional balance.  It has a very hopeful vibration that promises us that we can survive the hard times and that we will find our way forward.  It aids us in developing healthy habits and in seeing the link between our emotional/mental health and our physical health.   Citron Chrysoprase teaches us how to be more tolerant and patient, both with other people as well as ourselves.  It helps us to stay logical and practical so that we can swiftly and successfully solve our problems. It can be used to prevent as well as to calm down anxiety attacks and helps us to stop useless ruminating on depressing topics.  Citron Chrysoprase encourages us to self-reflect accurately and kindly so that we can do our personal work and become better versions of ourselves.  It sings sweetly that we are loved, we are good, and that we will be alright.

Mental Healing Properties

Citron Chrysoprase helps us to understand complex information.  It is an excellent talisman for anyone who studies history, psychology, sociology or philosophy because it encourages us to ask the “big questions” about the human experience  study the evidence, and then make the mental leap to find the “big answers.” Citron Chrysoprase teaches us to be better listeners and to gather as much information as we can before making any judgement.  It also reminds us that whenever new information becomes available, we need to adjust our thinking accordingly.  It helps us to resist the urge to cling to an old judgement that no longer fits the current information.  Citron Chrysoprase also invites us to move beyond simply gathering information for its own sake and to actively look for way to apply our knowledge for the betterment of ourselves, our community and our planet.

Physical Healing Properties

Citron Chrysoprase is recommended when our body is tense and and our nerve endings need to be soothed.  The tension might show up as a stomach ache, a muscle spasm, a headache, or sensory sensitivity.  It has a soothing and positive energy that reminds us, “this too shall pass” and “all will be well”.  If we need to tolerate the discomfort, it offers us sympathy and strength.  If we can take time to focus on our body’s needs, it encourages us to be kind to ourselves.  Citron Chrysoprase s also an  excellent talisman for any physical problem related to a magnesium deficiency, such as diabetes, osteoporosis and high blood pressure.

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Geology of Citron Chrysoprase

Where does Citron Chrysoprase come from?

Citron Chrysoprase is the yellow-green variety of the mineral Magnesite.  While Magnesite is found in several locations around the world, Citron Chrysoprase is found only in Western Australia.

Mining and Treatments

Magnesite is a very desirable mineral to mine because it is a rich source for Magnesium, an element that can only naturally occur in combination with other elements. Magnesite is used to produce Magnesium products (for example, Epsom salts and synthetic rubber) and is combined with Aluminum or Zinc to give structural strength to aircrafts and spaceships.  By contrast, Citron Magnesite is mined for the collector’s market.

All varieties of Magnesite are fully natural, enhanced only by cutting and polishing.

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Mineral Family

Despite its name, Citron Chrysoprase is not actually a type of Chrysoprase.  It is a yellow-green Magnesite and a Carbonate mineral. Carbonates are an important part of the Earth’s crust and are found in sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. Carbonates are minerals which contain the carbonate group CO3 as their basic structural unit. They form in a trigonal system with one carbon atom centrally located between 3 oxygen atoms. While there are over 70 types of Carbonate minerals, the most common are Dolomite, Siderite, and Calcite. Magnesite is a relatively rare stone, which usually forms in massive slabs, although occasional fine crystals have been found.  It is typically white, but can occasionally be yellow-green or even pink!

Magnesite’s energy works well with its family – other Carbonite minerals.  Try it in combination with AragoniteAzuriteCalcite, Malachite, Rhodochrosite, and Stichtite.

Citron Chrysoprase Formation and Crystal Associates

All varieties of Magnesite shares a chemical formula with Magnesium Carbonite.  Magnesium is a chemical element that if isolated appears as a shiny grey metal.  In nature, Magnesium is almost always found combined with another element, such as Carbonite, Oxide or Sulfate.  Usually these chemical combinations result in a white mineral.  Trace inclusions of other elements can change the color, for example nickel-rich Magnesite is the lovely yellow-green mineral known as Citron Chrysoprase. Most of the time, Magnesite forms in magnesium rich metamorphic rocks, but occasionally it forms in ultramafic igneous rocks, when a mineral solution rich in Magnesium flows onto a Calcite deposit.  Citron Chrysoprase formed in ultramafic rocks.

Citron Chrysoprase’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Calcite and Chrysoprase.

Mineralogy Citron Chrysoprase
Chemical Formula MgCO3
Cleavage Perfect
Color Yellow-green
Crystal System Hexatonal/trigonal
Form/Habit Massive
Fracture Conchoidal, brittal
Hardness – Mohs Scale 4
Luminescence Yellowish-white (long wave) / Blueish-white (short wave)
Luster Vitreous
Mineral Family Carbonites
Specific Gravity 3.0
Streak White
Transparency Opaque

History of Citron Chrysoprase

Magnesite is a relatively “new” healing stone whose properties have only recently begun to be explored. As a result, it was not included in early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. Magnesite is mostly used for industrial purposes, most interestingly as a source for the metal used to build spaceships.  Citron Chrysoprase is a yellow-green variety found only in Western Australia, that is typically sold to mineral collectors.

The word “Citron” is related to “citrus” and this gem is sometimes called “Lemon Magnesite” or “Lemon Chrysoprase”   Chrysoprase is actually a misnomer but unfortunately the name has become so entrenched within the gem and mineral industry, that it is difficult to correct.  Citron Chrysoprase is often confused with other healing stones, particular Chrysoprase (Green Chalcedony) and Serpentine.   To further complicate the matter, regular Chrysoprase and Serpentine are found in the same localities as Citron Chrysoprase!  In fact, the two minerals are sometimes found intergrown.  The Chrysoprase is a vivid apple-green, while the Magnesite is a pale lemon-lime color.

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