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Chrysoprase

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

Chrysoprase is a variety of chalcedony (quartz) which is an opalescent apple green color.  Most green gemstones owe their color to chromium or vanadium, but chrysoprase derives it's beautiful coloration from the nickel content it contains. Which means that it is possible for the color to fade if it is subjected to too much sunlight.

The name chrysoprase comes from the Greek chrysos meaning 'gold' and prason, meaning 'leek' or 'bloom'. The Greeks bestowed this name due to the presence of the golden drops that appear to be contained in the stone.

Ancient Greek, Romans and Egyptians used chrysoprase in jewelry and other ornamental objects, and due to it's semi-opaque green color it is often mistaken for imperial jadeite.

Due to the fact that substantial deposits of this gemstone were mined in Silesia in the fourteenth century large amount of chrysoprase were used for the now infamous decoration of the chapel of St. Wenceslas in Prague.

Astrological : Cancer

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Chrysoprase helps to make conscious what is currently unconscious.  It's vibrations have a tranquilizing effect that seem to bring damaging subconscious thought to the foreground, where they can be assessed and dealt with properly.

Chrysoprase has been credited with a number of other powers, such as banishing greed, selfishness, carelessness, stirring the imagination. calming irritability and the pains of gout. Chrysoprase has been said to create happiness, enterprise, prudence adaptability, versatility, action, progress and adventure. Chrysoprase is believed to protect from evil dreams and demons, to bring success in new enterprises, and to make the wearer more cheerful.

If used in jewelry creations, chrysoprase should only be set or used with silver, and it will hold more power if it is carved in the shape of a heart.

Old Rumanian legend speaks of the owner of such a Chrysoprase stone to have the ability to understand the language of lizards.

HEALING PROPERTIES

Chrysoprase is a powerful healing stone that aids failing eyesight or other eye problems, immune system response, fertility issues, gout, mental illness, relieves fevers and excess body heat, and can help guard against sexually transmitted diseases. Chrysoprase is related primarily to the heart chakra, which it activates, opens and energizes. It also aligns all the chakras.

Chrysoprase is used to speed the healing of just about any wound, but it should not be placed on the body, instead held over the affected area.  Keep a chrysoprase close to your bed at night to speed healing of any type of wound.

Chrysoprase rough and facet stone