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Mineralogy of Chrysocolla
Mineral Family: Phyllosilicates
Chemical Composition: Cu2H2(Si2O5)(OH)4 nH2O
Color: Blue, Green, Blue-green
Crystal System: Orthorhombic
Fracture: Uneven to brittle
Streak: Pale blue, tan, and grey
Transparency: Opaque (occasional translucence)
Location: Chrysocolla deposits are located in Australia, Britain, Chile, Congo, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Russia, United States (Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah), and Zaire.
Mineral Family: Chrysocolla is a carbonate Copper Silcate mineral. Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Chrysocolla belongs to the Phyllosilicate group, whose tetrahedra connect at three corners to form hexagonal rings. This group also includes such well-known minerals as Fuchsite, Lepidolte, Prehnite and Serpentine.
Formation: Chryscocolla is formed in the oxidation zone of Copper ore mines when surface water containing silicic acid dissolves Copper out of the rock. On rare occasions it forms crystals, but the majority of the time it is fine-grained and massive. Chrysocolla is frequently inter-grown with Azurite, Ajoite, Malachite, Shattuckite, Turquoise and other minerals. Depending on which stones are combined and the location of the mine, these stones may be given another name besides Chryoscolla. See the History of Chrysocolla tab for more details.
Mining: Chrysocolla is mined at its primary location inside commercial Copper mines. It is typically found as rounded nodules and in veins.
Enhancements: All Chrysocollas are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing. Because some varieties have more commercial value than others, buyers are cautioned to check the mine origins carefully when purchasing more rare varieties such as Eilat Stone/King Solomon’s Stone.
Synonyms: Gem Silicate, Eilat Stone, King Solomon’s Stone
History of Chrysocolla
Chrysocolla has a long and celebrated historical tradition, despite the fact that for most of its history it was seen as a multi-colored Turquoise or semi-precious gem rock rather than a mineral in its own right. Chrysocolla is mentioned in the majority of ancient lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. Civilizations worldwide have frequently celebrated Chrysocolla as a stone for harmony, peace, strength, and communication.
The most famous historical Chrysocolla deposit was located in the Levant. In 1000 BCE, King Solomon of Israel was said to have owned fabulous Copper mines in southern Israel and Africa, which also produced a beautiful blue-green stone, called the Stone of King Solomon or Eilat Stone, whose name is derived from the city of Eilat, the largest city in southern Israel. This stone was a combination of Chrysocolla, Malachite, and Turquoise.
In modern Israel, Eilat Stone is the national gemstone and is sold widely to tourists. However, the fabled mines played out long ago, and so the vast majority of the stones being sold to tourists are actually imported from Morocco and the United States! Archaeologists in Israel are currently excavating a large ancient Copper mine, which many believe to have been the fabled King Solomon’s mines.
The name Chrysocolla was first used in 315 BCE by Theophrastus, the Greek philosopher, scientist and successor of Aristotle. His treatise, On Stones, was one of the primary sources used by virtually every lapidary that came afterwords. Unlike most lapidaries, On Stones was more of a geology and mineralogy text, rather than a metaphysical one. While he included a few myths and legends, most of the book divides stones and minerals according to their physical properties. Chrysocolla’s name comes from the Greek words chrysos meaning “gold” and kola meaning “glue.” That name references the fact that Chrysocolla was used in ancient times as an ingredient for solder, used to weld gold pieces together. Chrysocolla was later used during the Renaissance to make a blue pigment for paint.
Chrysocolla’s metaphysical properties date back to ancient Egypt, where it was known as the “wise stone” and carried by diplomats whose job was to negotiate, find compromises, and ensure favorable resolutions. Pharaoh-Queen Cleopatra (69-30 BCE) likewise wore Chrysocolla jewelry whenever she met with foreign ambassadors and rulers. However, not everyone was influenced by the wise energy of Chrysocolla. The self-absorbed and opulent Emperor Nero of Rome (37-68) ordered green Chrysocolla dust to be spread across the floor of the Colosseum whenever he raced as a charioteer. Green was Nero’s favorite color and the symbol for the faction that was most loyal to him.
Chrysocolla is widely found in the American Southwest and Mexico. Indigenous peoples have believed for centuries that Chrysocolla brings strength to the body and soothes the emotions. Chrysocolla is rarely found in its pure form, and instead usually is part of fantastic combination stones. For example, Apache Chrysocolla is actually a beautiful combination of Chrysocolla, Lapis, Malachite, Quartz, and Red Jasper.
Healing Properties of Chrysocolla
Spiritual: Chrysocolla empowers feminine energies and is a stone of the Goddess. It brings gifts of balance and serenity so that we can communicate with the spiritual energies of Mother Earth herself. It provides a deeply grounding energy that feels safe and strong, and allows us to live from a place of very real love and to communicate that love accordingly. When placed in the home or other space, its energy transmutes negativity and fear, and creates a cozy sanctuary for daily living and spiritual exploration. Chrysocolla is also a valuable tool for anyone engaged in sound healing, whether through talking, music, or sound vibration. Chrysocolla is attuned to the Root, Heart and Throat Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Taurus, Gemini, Virgo. It is connected to the element of Water and vibrates to the number 5.
Emotional: Chrysocolla is a very soothing stone for the emotional body. It releases negative emotions and asks us to take ownership of our own lives. It reminds us that our own experiences, knowledge, and contributions are vitally important, and that we must properly value ourselves and claim our rightful self-confidence. Chrysocolla encourages us to show our true selves to the world, without fear or masks, allowing us to share our own deep wisdom and consciously give good energy to the world. Chrysocolla is also an excellent stone to help heal and strengthen relationships which have been shaken by stressful situations, and can help us return to healthy and loving interactions.
Mental: Chrysocolla helps us to keep a cool and calm head, particularly during negotiations and other important discussions. It reminds us to stay focused on our primary aim and to be willing to concede points and compromise as necessary in order to get our own needs and desires met. Chrysocolla urges us to strive for win-win solutions and promotes peaceful and loving communication. It can also help us to stay neutral when we are facilitating conversations between two opposing groups. Chrysocolla is one of the very best stones for communication, helping us to know when to speak and what to say, as well as when to be silent. It is an excellent stone for teachers, politicians, public speakers, singers, writers, and anyone else who relies on words for their living.
Physical: Chrysocolla is used by metaphysical healers to treat infections. It is also believed to lower blood pressure, reduce cortisol levels, and treat stress-related illnesses. It is most commonly used for soothing sore throats and upper respiratory illnesses, as well as for cramps caused by digestive disturbances and menstruation. Chrysocolla is a wonderful talisman for doctors, nurses, medical intuitives, and other healthcare professionals, because it is believed to help them accurately perceive what is needed in order to bring the physical body into perfect health. Chrysocolla’s calm energy also makes it highly recommended as a decorative piece in doctor’s offices and other medical facilities.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Chrysocolla
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Exporter sells to a Wholesale Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is relatively short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, with one middleman involved.
This Chrysocolla is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The exact deposit is unknown, and was mostly likely artisanally-mined
It is not a byproduct of an industrial Copper mine.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Chrysocolla was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Chrysocolla Tumbled Stone
Color: Sky blue, may have minor white, gray, and/or green inclusions. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Chrysocolla
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