Everything you need to know about Chrysocolla.
Chrysocolla is a blue green crystal with a high copper content. It is opaque in transparency with a vitreous to dull lustre. Chrysocolla is a Phyllosilicate mineral often found in rounded masses, vein fillings or crusts. It is also made up of Malachite, Cuprite, Quartz, Azurite, and Limonite.
Its chemical formula is Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4•nH2O and it is a 2-4 on the Mohs hardness scale.
Chrysocolla can be found wherever large copper deposits occur, such as Africa, Mexico and the U.S. state of Arizona (where it is called Apache Chrysocolla).
Before buying a Chrysocolla gemstone, familiarise yourself with its appearance. You are looking for a gemstone in various shades of greenish-blue with veins, lines and patches of brown, black, red or yellow. It will have a bit of a shine when polished and is usually quite a substantial size.
Chrysocolla is not a very expensive gemstone but you should be wary of anything really cheap. If the price is too good to be true it usually is!
The hardness of gemstones can often be your first guide but Chrysocolla can be a bit tricky. Its rating is only 2-4 on the Mohs scale so it could be scratched by a copper coin or even a hard fingernail in some cases. However the appearance of some quartz or turquoise in the gemstone will affect the hardness.
Chrysocolla best combines with:
- Apache Tears or Smoky Quartz: These will prevent you from becoming overly naïve due to the positive influence of Chrysocolla. If you are worried that you might end up in a “too much of a good thing” situation where your positive attitude clouds your judgement and ability to discern other people’s negativity for what it is, then this combination might help you.
- Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine or Larimar: Combined with either of these crystals to have a strong energy to aid your communication to accentuate its action.
- Lithium Quartz, Amazonite or Kunzite: Combine with either of these crystals to relieve your stress.
- Larvikite or Scolecite: To strengthen the action that Chrysocolla has to stimulate psychic visions and for developing your intuition.
The name Chrysocolla was first used to describe the stone by Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher and botanist, in 315 B.C. The word was derived from the Greek words chrysos, meaning gold, and kola, meaning glue, referencing the fact that Chrysocolla was employed from the earliest times by goldsmiths as an ingredient for solder, called santerna by the Romans, to weld gold pieces together. This fancy gemstone has indeed inspired creativity in many artists, whether they were ancient goldsmiths using it as solder, Renaissance painters grinding it as pigment for paint or modern jewellery designer-artists including it within their designs.
This stone lends itself well to opulence. Nero was a Roman Emperor and well-known patron of the green faction of ancient Rome. These ancient factions were split into four colours: red, white, blue and green and were elite clubs that people felt loyalty to above all others. They would have many competitions, such as chariot races, and would do anything to ensure that their club would win and be proven superior. The green faction was the most dominant club, so when Nero was to take part in a race as a charioteer, he dusted the circus arena with ground green Chrysocolla powder instead of using the customary sand.
Chrysocolla stimulates the initiative qualities of one’s character to release the distress of negative emotions and further the understanding of others. By accepting the perfection of the universe, it provides insights necessary to help re-align the physical body, intellect and emotions. This self-awareness and inner balance imparts confidence and enhances personal power. It helps one attune to the Earth and communicate with its spiritual forces, providing direction to do what is required to help the Earth heal itself.
This stone’s calming effect helps with nervous disorders, such as anxiety and depression, feelings of guilt, and hyperkinetic movement. It is also a beneficial stone for women by reducing menstrual pain, and is conducive to happy pregnancies by relieving the anxieties of first-time mothers.
Chrysocolla assists in the regulation of the thyroid and adrenals. It is excellent for sore throats, laryngitis and for support of the larynx in general. It is also beneficial for high blood pressure, blood sugar levels, diabetes – particularly Type 2, and blood disorders and problems of the lungs.
Chrysocolla aids digestion, and treats problems associated with hip joints and hip replacement, arthritis, and rheumatism. It strengthens muscles and alleviates muscle cramps, and helps with infections, fever, burns and scars.
On an emotional level, Chrysocolla teaches the value of both expression and the virtue of keeping silent. One can speak and say nothing, or remain silent and speak volumes. This stone’s soothing energy dispels highly charged emotional situations, angry words or fear-filled sarcasm, to allow one’s truth to be shared with wisdom and true communication.
Chrysocolla opens bottled emotions that block the mind from thinking clearly and stimulates balance and wholeness. It also helps men to show their vulnerable feelings and recovery from violence from partners of either sex.
We source our Chrysocolla from two locations. One being Peru and the other is from Namibia. Both of these suppliers are 100% transparent about sourcing ethically and extracting the best quality specimens and minerals. They both have their own inhouse lapidary factories to cut, polish and carve tumble stones, polished shapes and rough cuttings. None of our suppliers work with children under age. It is illegal in most countries now to mine with children, the businesses we work with comply and are registered under the Ethical sourcing conduct.