Chemical Formula: SiO2
Birthstone: Secondary birthstone for Libra
Chakra: Heart and Upper Heart
Element: Water and Earth; Wood in TCM
Healing Properties: 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.
Mineralogy: Chrysoprase is a translucent bright apple green chalcedony (a fibrous, microcrystalline quartz), its colouration due to the presence of nickel. Chysoprase is the rarest and most valuable of all chalcedonies, and at one time was often mistaken for jade.