Published January 2021  •  Updated June 2022  •  Read Time: 7 minutes

Copper sparks our passion, giving us energy, focus, optimism, and an unwavering drive to create the life we most want to live.


Copper Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Copper sparks our passion, giving us energy, focus, optimism, and an unwavering drive to create the life we most want to live. It helps us to manifest our dreams, not simply by thinking and wishing, but by actively going out and getting stuff done! It attracts good fortune and unique opportunities. When used in meditation, Copper amplifies our energy, both grounding it deep into the earth and sending it up into the astral realm. Copper is a fantastic energy conductor, and can be used to strengthen the connection between two individuals or between an individual and other healing stones.

Metaphysical Properties Copper
Chakra Root and Sacral Chakras
Element Earth and Fire
Numerology 1
Zodiac Taurus and Sagittarius

Emotional Healing Properties

Copper has an optimistic and active energy. It combats anxiety and depression, especially when related to fear about the future. Copper proclaims that we don’t need to seek out perfection in any form. It encourages us to avoid the emotionally helpless feeling that can come with seeking the “perfect” career path, or finding the “true love” society says we must have, or any other all-encompassing single focus. All of those things will come to us in time. Copper joyfully invites us to live in the moment! Now is the time to become a person we can truly like and admire, and to trust that in doing so, all good things will come our way.

Mental Healing Properties

Copper encourages us to move directly into action, rather than spending too much time thinking or waiting for the optimal moment. Copper teaches us that we make our own luck, and that a person of action seizes life and opportunities as they come. Yet it is also a stone for diplomacy. It helps to cut through any red tape, and get right to the heart of the matter, so that both parties can find a solution that will satisfy everyone’s needs. Copper encourages creativity and free thinking, and urges us to move beyond the obvious and into the daringly possible.

Physical Healing Properties

Copper is widely used to combat arthritis, rheumatism, and other forms of joint pain. It has also been used by metaphysical healers to treat the circulatory system and fight bacterial infections. It is said to stimulate the metabolic process and encourage wounds to heal faster.

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Copper Mineralogy

Where does Copper come from?

The largest Copper deposits have been found in Chile and the United States. Other notable deposits are located in Australia, Bolivia, England, Indonesia, Germany, Mexico, Mongolia, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Peru, Serbia, and Russia.

Mining and Treatments

Copper is the primary purpose of many large open-pit mines, including the world’s largest mine, the Bingham Canyon Open Pit Copper Mine in Utah, USA. This mine is .75 miles deep and 2.75 miles wide (1.2km by 4.4km), large enough to be seen with the naked-eye from space.

Real Copper always has a pinkish or reddish tone that other metals lack. Bronze and Brass tend to be more yellow. The easiest way to tell if Copper is real is to place it by a magnet. Real Copper will not be attracted, but other metals will. All tumbled Copper or Copper nuggets may be considered fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, or polishing.

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Mineral Family

Copper is a Native Element, a chemical element that appears in nature uncombined with anything else. Native Elements are typically divided into three groups: metals such as Copper, Gold, Silver, and Platinum; semi-metals like Arsenic; and nonmetals like Sulfur and Carbon.

Bornite’s energy works well with its family – other Native Elements.  Try it in combination with Shungite

Copper Formation and Crystal Associates

Large Copper deposits are formed deep in the Earth’s crust when a massive deposit of molten liquid cools and solidifies into rock. The original molten liquid can contain many types of Natural Elements, including Copper. As the liquid cools, solid crystals begin to grow in the newly-forming rock. As more and more crystals appear, the available fluid grows smaller. The Copper remains within this fluid, becoming steadily more concentrated. Right before the rock completely solidifies, it may move and crack. If this happens, the Copper-rich fluid will pool into the crevices, and eventually solidify into a large piece of metal.

Coppers’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Azurite, Chrysocolla, Malachite

Mineralogy Copper
Chemical Formula Cu
Cleavage None
Color Copper-red to brown
Crystal System Cubic
Form/Habit Massive
Fracture Hackly, ductile
Hardness – Mohs Scale 2.5-3
Luminescence None
Luster Metallic
Mineral Family Native Element
Specific Gravity 8.9
Streak Rose
Transparency Opaque

History of Copper

Copper, like Gold, Silver, and Platinum, is a Native Element, an element which occurs in nature uncombined with anything other than itself. Most healing stones are minerals (composed of various elements) or rocks (composed of various minerals). As a result, many healing stones carry the essence of Copper within them, including Amazonite, Azurite, Chalcopyrite, Chrysocolla, Dioptase, Malachite, and Turquoise. Although very well known, and long cited for its healing properties, Copper has generally not been included in lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. This was true both in the ancient period as well as in modern books.

Neolithic humans first began using Copper in place of stone as early as 9000 BCE. Only Gold and Meteoric Iron have an older history of use. The oldest Copper artifact, a small pendent found in northern Iraq, dates back to 8700 BCE. By 4000 BCE, the ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians were casting Copper into molds, and 500 years later alloying it with Tin to produce Bronze. During the early millenia, Copper could be picked up off the ground, but it soon required the first large-scale underground mining operations. The island of Cyprus was famous during the Roman Era for its vast Copper mining industry. The name “Copper” comes from the Greek name for the isle, Kupros.

Medicinally, the ancient Egyptians prescribed Copper for sterilizing wounds, and also for treating minor aliments such as itching and headaches. The Indian Ayurveda texts state that Copper is the best metal for crafting surgical tools and other medical instruments. In ancient Greece, Copper was linked to Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. In part, this was because of the metal’s lustrous appearance, but also because it was commonly used to craft early mirrors. The Roman author Pliny the Elder (CE 23-79), lauded Copper’s beauty as a raw material, but decried it being used to debase Silver coinage. Copper was first used as a form of currency during the time of the Roman Republic and was initially just lumps of metal, which, over time, transformed into coins. The modern US “Copper Penny” carries on that tradition, although it is technically made of Bronze, since pure Copper is too soft for mass circulation.

Copper Mirror

Egyptian Copper Mirror (800-100 BCE)