Connect to Divine Love and stay heart-centered.
Be kinder to yourself, outwardly and inwardly.
Relax and release negative thoughts and beliefs.
Attune to nature and see beauty in all things.
Let Chrysoprase inspire you to love more deeply!
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Healing Properties of Chrysoprase
Spiritual: Chrysoprase connects us directly to Divine Love. It teaches us to live heart-centered; to both give and receive love in all its many forms. Chrysoprase can be used to attract devas and other earth spirits, and also to connect more deeply with Mother Earth and Gaia energy. Chrysoprase invites us to celebrate beauty and abundance. It also gently asks us to send our own great healing energy out into the world, to be of use to all beings great and small. Chrysoprase is attuned to the Solar Plexus and Heart Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Libra. It is connected to the element of Water and vibrates to the number 3.
Emotional: Chrysoprase is a wonderful heart-healer and teacher. It is particularly good for helping us to understand and move forward during and after abusive relationships. Chrysoprase reminds us that love is good, kind and gentle, and that anyone who treats us badly isn’t being loving – and that is something worth seeing very clearly! Chrysoprase whispers in our ear – “you deserve to be loved, you deserve to be treated kindly, you are worthy… sweet one, your beautiful heart is priceless!” Chrysoprase offers its own strength, hope, and belief to us and encourages us, quietly but persistently, until we gradually fall deeply in love with our own self. Chrysoprase wants us to live a life that creates joy and peace in our hearts.
Mental: Chrysoprase is one of the most powerful stones for exploring our beliefs about love and our own worth. It helps us to look back on our past and find peaceful resolution. It is particularly helpful for helping us become more conscious about our internal self-talk, the voices in our head which can be brutally and unfairly critical of ourselves. Chrysoprase reminds us to be more kind to ourselves and also more practical. Our goal is not perfection, our goal is to live and love to the best of our abilities. Chrysoprase teaches us to be strong, capable of change, and able to survive heartache without becoming hard or jaded. It encourages us to see things clearly for what they are, and to remain heart-centered throughout.
Physical: Chrysoprase is recommended for anyone who needs to physically relax more for general health and healing. It helps us to be more gentle with our body and to give ourselves the gift of slowing down and resting. In particular, it can assist us in setting up a comfortable nighttime routine so that we can more easily wind down and get ready for bed. Chrysoprase helps us to direct our thoughts in a pleasant direction so that we drift into a peaceful sleep and sweet dreams. It is an excellent talisman during recuperation following a surgery or during long-term illness. Chrysoprase is also a gentle talisman for heart healing, especially following a heart attack.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Mineralogy of Chrysoprase
Mineral Family: Tectosilicate
Chemical Composition: SiO2
Color: Green, apple-green
Crystal System: Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit: Massive or microcrystalline
Fracture: Rough, brittle
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: Deposits are found in Australia, Brazil, India, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, South Africa, Russia, Tanzania, United States (California), and Zimbabwe.
Mineral Family: Chrysoprase is a type of Chalcedony, which is a Silicate mineral. Silicates form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Quartz is a large mineral family in its own right, and has two main subdivisions, macrocrystalline (crystals that are large enough to be seen by the naked eye, for example, Amethyst) and microcrystalline (crystals so small they can only be seen through a microscope, for example, Chalcedony). Chrysoprase is a type of lime green or green-blue Chalcedony.
Formation: Chrysoprase is a fibrous Quartz formed in temperatures below 100 degrees Celsius, out of solutions rich in silica acid. They are typically found in Serpentine, a type of igneous rock, and weathered Nickel ore. The silica solutions flow through fine cracks and veins and into larger clefts and cysts. Chrysoprase gets its vivid coloring from trace elements of Nickel within the silica acid.
Mining: Typically mined from primary deposits that still have their original relationship with the host rock.
Enhancements: Chrysoprase is the most valuable stone in the Chalcedony group, those stones with a clear apple-green color, without inclusions, being the most desirable. Chalcedony can be dyed, and this is sometimes the case for Chrysoprase. Natural Chysoprase will have fissures, irregular colors, and matrix.
History of Chrysoprase
Chrysoprase is apple-green Chalcedony, which is considered the most valuable type of Chalcedony among gemologists. Its name comes from the Greek khryso prasos (or golden green). It has an ancient history and is included in many ancient and medieval lapidaries, texts about gemstones and their powers, but has few legends connected to it.
Chrysoprase was mentioned in the Bible, in the Book of Revelations, as the 10th foundation stone of the New Jerusalem. Later Christian texts, dating back as early as the 7th century, also associate Chrysoprase with the Apostle Thaddeus. In some of the Church writings, the Foundation Stones were described in great detail and reasons were given for why each stone was chosen. Unfortunately, some of these writers were much better versed in spiritual lore than in geology! For example, in the 12th century Aberdeen Bestiary (a text which describes animals, plants, and minerals according to Christian dogma) the author clearly had never seen a Chrysoprase. He described the apple-green stone as, “purple in color and separate small gold marks.”
One of the few non-Christian legends associated with Chrysoprase, connects the stone to Alexander the Great. According to stone lore, the great general wore a Chrysoprase on his belt which he wore into battle. The gem made Alexander invisible to his enemies and so he could slaughter them without fear of injury. When Alexander reached the Euphrates, he took off his belt and a snake bit off the stone and dropped it into a river! From that point onward, Alexander had to rely on luck and skill alone, with no magic to aid him.
Ethically Sourced Chrysocolla
The Miners tumble and polish their own stock.
The Miners sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is exceptionally short and clean.
The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.
The Mine and Lapidary are owned by the same family.
This Chrysoprase comes from a small family-owned mine in southern Peru.
It causes only minor environmental damage and has safe conditions for workers.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Chrysoprase was polished in Lima, Peru.
The business is owned by a pair of brothers, one manages the mine, while the other manages the lapidary.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The business is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met the owner of the mine and lapidary in 2014 at the Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson, Arizona. At that time, he was set up with a single table and the only major Gem Show he attended was in Tucson. While most lapidaries sell their tumbled stone in pre-packaged bags by the pound or kilo, this seller allowed me to cherry pick through his stock and buy only the best. Since then, his spot in Tucson has expanded to four tables under a tent and he now sells at two of the major European shows. It has been fun to watch our businesses grow.
In 2018, I asked the owner if he would be willing to help connect me with a rural school in Peru near his mine. I told him that I wanted to “give back” to the communities that provided these beautiful crystals. He was pleased by my request and later that year introduced me to the principle of a suitable Peruvian school. We hope to begin supporting this school in the 2021-2022 school year.
Safe Handling of Chrysoprase
What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Chrysoprase
Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal. If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.
Polishing Method: Hand polished. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.
- Color: Apple-green with brown matrix
- Polish: Shiny and mostly smooth
- Quality: AA
- Shape: Round
- Size: Average size is 1 in / 32 mm
- Transparency: Opaque
- Weight: Average weight is .6 oz / 17 g / 85 carats
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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