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!
Mineralogy of Citron Chrysoprase
Chemical Composition: MgCO3
Crystal System: Hexatonal/trigonal
Fracture: Conchoidal, brittle
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 Aragonite, Calcite, Malachite, 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
History of Citron Chrysoprase
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
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.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Citron Chrysoprase
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, but there are no middlemen involved.
This Citron Chrysoprase is a byproduct of an industrial nickle mine in Western Australia.
Conditions would be relatively safe for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Chrysoprase was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Citron Chrysoprase Healing Stone
Color: Yellow-green. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Citron Chrysoprase
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