Chrysoprase is a gemstone that actually happens to be a variety of chalcedony. Chrysoprase is set apart from chalcedony in that it contains trace amounts of nickel that help to give it its trademark green color. Chrysoprase is generally apple green but the color may vary a large amount. This stone’s popularity visually is more based on its coloration than pattern. Chrysoprase is a type of cryptocrystalline; cryptocrystallines are crystals whose structure cannot be seen as individual particles under standard magnification. Chrysoprase often occurs due to the weathering of serpentines containing nickel. With a hardness of 6 to 7 on the Mohs scale, chrysoprase can be found in Australia, eastern Europe, the western United States, and Brazil.
Chrysoprase is thought to be a powerful balancing stone. Opening and communing with the heart chakra, this stone may help to solve struggles in your daily life. The stone may help you to find clarity in the problems that you face and help to balance your conscious mind with your unconscious mind. It is also thought that the stone may balance yin and yang. Aside from the balance you may achieve with this important stone you may also find that you find yourself feeling stronger and more courageous. This isn’t as much something that the stone may give you as it is what the stone could release within you. It may help to bolster your own inner strength and courage that is pent up. Chrysoprase has long been thought to help to reduce greed, selfishness, and carelessness. When you pair this new attitude of looking out for others with greater inner strength it is actually quite easy to see how important this stone could be. Chrysoprase may help to bring you success with new endeavors. Keeping chrysoprase nearby when approaching new opportunities may very well be a worthwhile venture. On top of all of these things, as if they aren’t enough by themselves, some have found that chrysoprase strengthens their connection with mother earth and makes a person more cheerful and accepting.
Possibly as important as its metaphysical characteristics are the physical healing characteristics of chrysoprase. With such a strong connection with the heart chakra, it should be no surprise that chrysoprase could help to mend a broken heart. On top of helping you through hard times with loved ones, chrysoprase may help to cure restlessness and irritability. Even still, chrysoprase could help to stifle the flow of blood from an open wound and ease the pain from rheumatism. This is just another area where we see the balancing power of chrysoprase. We naturally try to be well and happy but things, unfortunately, happen in life that send us in the negative direction. Chrysoprase is a stone that may very well help to bring us back to a centered position when things get tough.