Mineral Species: Quartz
Mineral Group: Oxides
Chemical Formula: SiO2
Crystal System: Trigonal
Colour: Pale to bright apple green, due to the presence of nickel.
Typical Appearance: Typically botryoidal, rounded masses or as layers.
Birthstone: Secondary birthstone for Libra
Chakra Alignment: Heart and Upper Heart
Element: Water and Earth; Wood in TCM
Origin of Name & Mythology: From the Greek khryso prasos, meaning “golden green”. Chrysoprase has been known for thousands of years, but does not appear to have been used for many talismanic or healing qualities until at least the Middle Ages. It is mentioned once in the Bible by John the apostle, and is listed as the tenth foundation stone of the New Jerusalem in the Book of Revelations. In his 14th century treatise Lapidaire, Chevalier Jean de Mandeville states, “It is hard to find and gives graces to he who wears it, and it is good for the eyes.” Camillus Leonardus agreed with the last statement, claiming, “Its principle virtue is to cherish the sight.” Hildegard von Bingen (12th century) held it in high regard. She recommended it in the treatment of gout by placing it directly on the skin in the affected area, and said it would calm anger and angry words by placing it on or near the throat. She also suggested its use in clearing poisons, preventing epileptic seizures, and in cases of possession, to weaken demons so they are easily cast out or leave of their own accord.
In addition to the general properties of chalcedony, chrysoprase is profoundly mood-lifting, cheering, supportive, and healing for the spirit, so makes an excellent ally in times of depression, sadness or coping with the darker, more challenging periods of life. It can help us to let go of anger, and focus on the positive, rather than being overwhelmed by the negative, and remind us of what we have to be grateful for – definitely a “glass half full” sort of crystal. Melody recommends it for acceptance and self-acceptance, as well as healing the physical and emotional heart. It is also highly detoxifying, and can be used to balance and support the immune system. Gienger suggests it for elimination of toxins and heavy metals. Traditionally, it was used to treat gout and epilepsy, and improve eyesight. Chrysoprase is strongly connected with Gaia and the natural world – one friend describes it as “getting a hug from Mother Nature”. Nature spirits are attracted to it, making it very useful when working with nature energy or the Fairy Realm.