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.
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These Citron Chrysoprase were mined in Australia and tumbled in South Africa.
I met the owner of the South African tumbling company at the 2014 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. This company only sells tumbled stones twice a year, once at the Tucson show and later at the Sainte Marie Aux Mines International Mineral and Gem Expo in Provence, France. They offer the largest selection of high quality tumbled stones in the industry and are one of my favorite suppliers.
It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Citron Chrysoprase for you.
This price is for one stone. You can buy a single Citron Chrysoprase or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Citron Chrysoprase measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a unique shape with soft edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.
The stone I choose for you will be smooth, chunky, and free of chips, with a soft yellow-green color. If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.
With their beautiful color and clean energies, these Citron Chrysoprase are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, use them in a crystal elixir, fashion them into jewelry, or simply carry them in your pocket.
Safe Handling of Citron Chrysoprase
Good To Know:
Citron Chrysoprase is a physically durable stone. As long as they are rounded and without thin edges, they can be carried in a pocket or medicine bag, or worn as jewelry on an everyday basis, without significant danger of the stone chipping or breaking.
Citron Chrysoprase can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
Citron Chrysoprase can be energetically cleansed using any method. They will appreciate being soaked in fresh water, set outside to absorb the moonlight, and/or being smudged with smoke or incense. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.
Citron Chrysoprase can be left in sunshine for extended periods of time without losing its color. However, it is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
Tumbled and fully smooth Citron Chrysoprase can be safely used to make direct-infusion “Citron Chrysoprase Water” for drinking or bathing. Before making any direct-infusion elixir ALWAYS check the mineralogical properties of the stone to ensure it is not toxic. Only use fully tumbled stones or natural Quartz points in direct-infusion elixirs, never rough stones. When in doubt, make an indirect-infusion elixir instead.
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