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Chrysoprase

Chrysoprase is a delightful green gemstone with a smooth polished finish that looks great in simple elegant jewelry pieces.

Chrysoprase Colors

The name Chrysoprase means golden or yellow leek (the vegetable) in the original Greek which reflects this gemstone’s color. These days we would probably use the terms apple green or even emerald green.

Read more about gemstones colors here

Chrysoprase Species

Chrysoprase is technically a type of chalcedony which in turn is a variety of quartz.

The quartz mineral can be divided into two types of gemstones - ones with a large crystal structure such as amethyst, citrine and smoky quartz which are usually transparent and ones with a small crystal structure such as agate, jasper and carnelian which tend to be opaque. Chrysoprase is an example of the latter.

What are the spiritual benefits of Chrysoprase?

Chrysoprase has long been appreciated for its spiritual strengths as much as for its great appearance.

Chysoprase emotional virtues include:

  • Truth and Integrity
  • Mends Broken Hearts
  • Encourages Relationships

While its physical benefits are:

  • Digestive System
  • Respiratory System
  • Reproductive System and Fertility

See our detailed article on gemstone meaning and uses

Chalcedony and the Chakras

As a green gemstone, Chrysoprase is linked to the Heart Chakra which holds influence over relationships, love, trust, forgiveness and jealousy.

Find more details on Chakra gemstones here

Chrysoprase Price

Chrysoprase is a very reasonably priced gemstone with most examples being around $1 - $3 per carat no matter the size. Bright apple-green is the ideal color and any gemstone which has translucent clarity rather than opaque will have a slightly higher value.

For more details please refer to our full Chrysoprase Info page here

Chrysoprase Treatments

Chrysoprase is not typically treated in any way other than the usual cutting and polishing. It is a very affordable stone so the expense of heating or irradiation is not really worth the effort.

Look out for any very vivid or neon looking colors as this could mean they are dyed and real Chrysoprase should have a least one or two blemishes.

Chrysoprase History

Chrysoprase, like other opaque quartzes such as carnelian and agate, was used throughout the ancient world as a seal, amulet or decorative item.

The Greeks and Romans associated the gemstone with the goddesses, Aphrodite and Venus, because of its connection to love, marriage and harmony.

Alexander the Great wore a chrysoprase gemstone on his belt into battle to ensure victory, when he lost it, he never won another battle.

Where is Chrysoprase found?

Chrysoprase is found all around the world including major sources such as Australia, the USA, Tanzania, Madagascar, Brazil and Russia.

What jewelry is Chrysoprase suitable for?

Chrysoprase is rated at 6.5 to 7 Mohs hardness scale which makes it a medium strength stone - a little bit tougher than a steel nail. All gemstones rated 7 and above are considered very durable.

Chrysoprase is suitable for all types of jewelry including pendants, necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets - they are strong enough to take the occasional bump or knock.

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