Chrysoprase - International Crystals Encyclopedia https://www.atlantisinstitute.org/


Origin - the place or situation from which something comes, the beginning of something’s existence, the point from which it starts out, the thing from which it is ultimately derived.
Crysoprase is a nickel infiltrated variety of Chalcedony which is a cryptocrystalline form of silica. A cryptocrystalline crystal refers to the super fine composition of crystals that cannot be seen as distinct particles under normal magnification.


The crystal occurs due to the lateritization or deep weathering of ultramafic ophiolite rocks including nickeliferous serpentines. In some Australian formations, it can be found as nodules or veins with iron oxides, like brown geothite, below an iron and silica cap in the magnesite rich saprolite.


All crystals belong to a different group according to the basis of the relationships of their axes. There are 7 systems and 32 classes of symmetry. Chrysoprase crystals belong to the Trigonal system.


History - the past considered as a whole, the whole series of past events connected with someone or sometihing, a continuous typically chronological record of importance.
In ancient times the Chrysoprase stone was associated with the Goddess Venus and was a representation of the divinity of truth and love. It has been mentioned as far back as 2000 years ago when the Roman Scholar, Pliny, wrote about its ‘inner glow’


The stone has been popularly worn throughout the ages by the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians. Popular stories tell of Cleopatra wearing Chrysoprase to keep her youth and Alexander the Great’s eleven year triumph being due to the fact he wore a Chrysoprase on his belt. In fact, when he lost it, it was said that he never won another battle and the crystal was reffered to as the victory stone.


The finest Chrysoprase is mined in Australia and other major deposits are found in Zimbabwe, India, Brazil, Russia among others.



Specification - the act of describing or identifying something precisely, a detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.
Chrysoprase can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes and is glassy, vitreous, transparent to opaque with a rough, brittle fracture.


The clear, apple green type is the most sought however it can be found with irregular colours such as a white streak, and contain other fissures and impurities.


Chrysoprase is enhanced only through the cutting, tumbling and polishing process and is found widely in jewellery.


Varieties - a number or range of things of the same general class that are different or distinct in character or quality.
There are no significant varieties of Chrysoprase however it can be compared to Chrome Chalcedony which contains chromium, rather than nickel, to produce it’s colour.



Esoteric Attributes - a quality or feature as characteristic of or possed by something.
Crystals by their very nature are able to receive and focus energy in different ways. Their molecular structure enables them to be used to amplify and convert energy and hence crystals have been used for centuries to aid healing and transmute energy both in the metaphysical and physical world.


Because each crystal family has different formational backgrounds, each also has different vibrtional frequencies that can be harnesed and used for specific purposes. Each therefore have specific qualities that can be used to help a person heal on the many different levels of their being.


The following is a list of healing attributes associated with Chrysoprase crystals.


Mental: Chrysoprase is said to help in the resolution of relationship issues. It is an aid in the breakdown of negative cycles.
Emotional: The crystal is known to dispel bitterness and fear. It gives rise to a sense of safety and trust. It also helps heartache, nightmares and jealousy.
Physical: Chrysoprase is known to help rheumatism, skin disease, epilepsy, fungal infections and allergies. It is a purifyer and used for detoxification purposes.


Crystal Chart - Chrysoprase


Crystal: Chrysoprase
Mineralogy: Chalcedony containing Nickel
Geometric form: Trigonal
Formation: Secondary
Family: Silicate
Birthstone: Chrysoprase is associated with the Astrological signs of Taurus and Libra.
Apperance: Transluscent to Opaque with a vitreous glassy appearance. The stone has a hardness on the Mohs Scale of 6-7 and a flint like conchoidal fracture.
Aura: Chyrsoprase promotes uplifting vibrations that bring joy and promote forgiveness. It is known to induce deep states of meditation that channels the energy of divinity. It is recommended that you keep this stone within the aura to obtain the best benefits from it.
Colour: Mainly apple green, yet can be found in a range of green and yellow hues dependant on the volumes of nickel trace within.
Chakra: Chyroprase is associated with the Heart, Sacral, Solar Plexus and Throat Chakras. Importantly, the crystal can open the Heart Chakra to a strong flow of Chi and allow it to receive a divine energy flow that is filled with universal love.




International Crystals - References and resources:


Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals, Earthdancer Books, 2009

The Columbia Encyclopedia, Crystal, 6th ed. 2014

World of Earth Science, Quartz, 2003

Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Crystal Healing, 2001


New Oxford American Dictionary