THE FACTS, MYTHS, LEGENDS, METAPHYSICAL AND HEALING PROPERTIES
The word "Chrysoprase" is from the Greek khrusos "gold" and prason "leek".
Chrysoprase has a history that extends back through the ages. The stone was first described over two thousand years ago by the Roman scholar Pliny, who wrote about it, fascinated by its beauty and golden inner glow. Chrysoprase was antiquity’s "Stone of Healing", and its green aura was long associated with traditional healers. It is mentioned in the New Testament, Revelations, Chapter 21:20, as a stone in a foundation wall in the holy city of Jerusalem: "the tenth, a chrysoprasus", and was worn by its Rabbis in their Breastplates. In the Middle Ages Chrysoprase was believed to have the faculty of shining in the dark.
Alexander the Great’s astonishing eleven year winning streak was said to have been due to the fact that he always wore a Chrysoprase stone on his belt or "girdle". But one day as he was walking near a river, a snake surprised him, "biting the stone off the girdle and dropping it in the river". From that day forward he never won another battle. It was during that remarkable winning streak that Chrysoprase was called the "Victory Stone" by many. In fact, it was used as a "Symbol of Reward" in ancient Japan.
Cleopatra wore the stone as she believed it helped her retain her youth. Chrysoprase was the sacred stone of the Egyptian Goddess Bast.
Frederick the Great preferred the color of Chrysoprase over any other gem, and he reportedly had at least eight Chrysoprase snuff boxes, giving many more away as gifts. His favourite ring was Chrysoprase, which it is said he never took off. Additionally, he carried a walking stick with a knob of Chrysoprase. Frederick’s love of the stone increased it’s prestige and value. He adorned his palace at Potsdam with objects and furniture made in whole or in part of Silesian Chrysoprase, and additionally commissioned two all-Chrysoprase tables for it, which are described as being made from plates of Chrysoprase two feet wide, three feet long, and two inches thick.
Chrysoprase is found in the walls of the Chapel of St. Wenceslas in Prague, constructed in the 1400’s, and is enclosed completely inside the St. Vitus Cathedral.
In the 18th century it is said that thieves used to become invisible by placing Chrysoprase in their mouths, thus escaping execution.
Chrysoprase has a cooling property so is used in various ways for healing, such as burns and neck strain. It is believed to release negativity from the body and to heal a broken heart. The stone is often known as one that brings happiness, peace and tolerance to its wearer and expels anger, negative thoughts and irritability. Chrysoprase often brings good luck and prosperity, and due to it’s colour, it is also related to money and success.
Chrysoprase is said to soothe headaches and loneliness, promote emotional balance and to grant inner strength and peace. It is also said to encourage hope and joy, and helps in clarifying problems. It is used to speed the healing of any wound by holding it over the affected area. Chrysoprase’s gentle feelings means that it is believed to aid sleep.
Chrysoprase belongs to the heart chakra, which it activates, opens and energizes.
The finest Chrysoprase in the world comes from Marlborough in Queensland, Australia. There are only two mines in Marlborough, one Chinese-owned and the other, Candala, which holds the largest remaining deposits of premium-grade Chrysoprase in the world.