Citron Chrysoprase

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Cultivate unconditional love and compassion.

Feel peaceful, balanced and in control of yourself. 

Analyze and understand complex information.

Be patient, forgiving and capable of change.

Let Citron Chrysoprase bring you serenity!

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Healing Properties of Citron Chrysoprase

Spiritual: 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.  Citron Chrysoprase 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. It is attuned to the Heart, Third Eye, and Crown Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Aries.  It is connected to the element of Storm and vibrates to the number 3.

Emotional: 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. Citron Chrysoprase 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: 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 Chryroprase 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: Citron Chrysoprase is used by metaphysical healers to release tension, muscle spasms, stomach cramps, and to give relief to sensitive skin.  It is also important said to help heal any dis-ease related to Magnesium deficiency. Citron Chrysoprase is also believed to help relieve headaches/migraines.

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Mineralogy of Citron Chrysoprase

Rough Citron Chrysoprase, Laverton, Western Australia

Mineral Family:Carbonate

Chemical Composition: MgCO3
Cleavage: Perfect
Color: yellow-green
Crystal System: Hexatonal/trigonal
Form/Habit: Massive
Fracture: Conchoidal, brittle
Gravity: 3.0
Hardness: 4
Luminescence: None
Luster: Vitreous
Streak: White
Transparency: Transparent to Opaque

Location: Citron Chrysoprase is found exclusively in Western Australia.

Mineral Family: Despite its name, Citron Chrysoprase is not a type of Chrysoprase! It is actually a rare form of Magnesite, 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 closely related to AragoniteCalciteMalachite, and Rhodochrosite.

Formation: Citron Chrysoprase forms in magnesium-rich ultramafic igneous rocks as veins and nodules  It’s color comes from a high concentration of nickel.

Mining: Magnesite, of any color, 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.  Because of its pretty color, Citron Chrysoprase is popular among collectors.

Enhancements: All Citron Chrysoprase are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.

Synonyms: Nickeloan Magnesite, Lemon Chrysoprase, Lemon Magnesite

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Rough Citron Chrysoprase

History of Citron Chrysoprase

Dark green Chrysoprase with a light green Citron Chrysoprase core

Citron Chrysoprase is a relatively “new” healing stone discovered in Western Australia in the mid-20th century.  It was not included in early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers.  Its metaphysical properties have only recently begun to be explored and so it is rarely included in modern lapidaries eiher.

The word “Citron” is related to “citrus” and this gem is sometimes called “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.  This stone is more accurately called Citron/Lemon Magnesite.

Citron Chrysoprase is a form of yellow/green Magnesite, that is often confused with other healing stones, particularly regular Chrysoprase (Green Chalcedony) and Serpentine (Magnesite is a secondary mineral formed by weathered Serpentine rocks).  To further complicate the matter, regular Chrysoprase and Serpentine are found in the same localities as Citron Chrysoprase!  In fact, on rare occasions, Chrysoprase and Citron Chrysprase may even be found inter-grown!

Citron Chrysoprase is found only in Western Australia.  Aboriginal healing traditions include the usage of various power stones, particularly Quartz and Pearl.  Unfortunately, far too many of the traditions have been lost due to colonization.  It is currently unknown whether or not Citron Chrysoprase was seen by the Aboriginal people as having any special properities.

Photos: Chrysoprase & Citron Chrysoprase


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  1. Kristin B. (Indiana)

    I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful selection of crystals! I was so eager to open the box and I can feel the care and thoughtfulness that was used when choosing them. They are SO BEAUTIFUL – I can’t wait to spend time getting to know each of them

    Many blessings and thanks for the care in selecting my crystals! I sense I will be visiting your site frequently—thank you!!

  2. Melissa H. (Washington)

    A bright, happy stone. I truly appreciate Julie’s business and the care and kindness with which she runs it. Thank you 🙂

  3. Tatiana G. (Virginia)

    Love this one! Reminds me of candy and the color and energy from the stone blows my mind!

  4. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    The citron chrysoprase is just the crystal I need right now! Work’s been really stressful and to add to it, things keep breaking in my house. It’s nice to have such a peaceful crystal!

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