Copper

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Attract good fortune and fabulous people. 

Feel energized and confident about the future.

Be in physical, emotional, and spiritual alignment.

Embrace your passions and use them with wisdom.

Let Copper inspire you to manifest your desires!

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Mineralogy of Copper

Copper

Copper Crystals, Keweenaw Co., Michigan, USA

Mineral Family: Native Element

Chemical Composition: Cu
Cleavage: None
Color: Copper-red to brown
Crystal System: Cubic
Gravity:  8.9
Form/Habit: Massive
Fracture: Hackly, ductile
Hardness: 2.5-3
Luminescence: None
Luster: Metallic
Streak: Rose
Transparency: Opaque

Location: 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.copper-mine-locations

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.

Associated Minerals:  Azurite, ChalcopyriteChrysocolla, Malachite, and Turquoise

Formation:  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.

Mining:  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.

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Aerial View of Bingham Canyon Copper Mine, Utah, USA

Enhancements:  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.

Synonyms: Native CU

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: CopperMine

History of Copper

Copper Minerals

Copper and Copper-derived Minerals (Arizona, USA)

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.

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Egyptian Copper Hand Mirror

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.

Photos: Copper & MineralsCopper Mirror

Healing Properties of Copper

Spiritual:  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.  Copper is attuned to the Root and Sacral Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Taurus and Sagittarius.  It is connected to the Elements of Earth and Fire, and vibrates to the number 1.

Emotional:  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:  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:  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.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Ethically Sourced Copper 

 

The Miners tumble and polish their own stock.

They sell to a US Importer with local Peruvian roots.

The Importer sells directly to Moonrise Crystals. 

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is short and clean.

The Mine, Lapidary and Export company are located in the same country.

 

 

The Mine

This Copper is a byproduct of an industrial copper mine in Peru.  

The exact deposit is unknown, but Peru has some of the best safety standards for miners.

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

 

The Lapidary & Importer

This Copper was polished in Lima, Peru and imported to the United States.    

The Importer is a family business with deep ties to Peruvian miners.

It was founded by an aunt in the USA and her nephew in Lima, Peru.

The Importer is eco-conscious and workers are paid fairly

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I first spoke to the manager of the export company after finding them online in early 2017 and met the manager in person at the Denver Gem Show later that year.  I was cautious about doing business with them since they are the exporter, rather than the miners or tumblers.  But I studied their company and was pleased by their dedication to environmentalism.  They focus on exporting Fair Trade, Consciously-Made, and No-Harm Peruvian handicrafts.  They also have worked to reduce their carbon footprint in their wholesale warehouse.

In 2019, I had a long conversation with the manager about ethical topics in the stone industry.  She was willing to speak candidly about both the positives and the negatives.  She also shared how she personally struggled with the ethical issues and her part in the supply chain.  Whenever a shipment of goods arrives from Peru, she insists on smudging every box before it is brought into the factory.  The manager introduced me to the mother of the current owner.  A tiny woman, less than 5 ft tall, she was happy to reminisce with me about how she started the company more than 30 years ago.  She had been a young immigrant mother, searching for a new life.  Her nephew, back in Peru, shipped her a few buckets of Pyrite and asked her to see if she could sell them.  She laughed to remember those days and radiated happiness and gratitude.  Today, the business is run by her son and his cousin in Peru.

Copper Calcite Tumbled Stone

Color:Rough Copper nugget.  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 Copper

Reviews

  1. redpoet4929

    My copper looks much cooler than I had expected.

  2. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    The copper is really neat! I love the large, random, interesting shape of it! It’s fun to hold! Shipped quickly and well packed! Thank you!

  3. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    I was wowed when I open the package with these crystals! The copper is really cool! I love the large, random, interesting shape of it! It’s fun to hold!

  4. Dana S.(South Carolina)

    Nice chunk! Thanks.

  5. Jennifer R. (Georgia)

    Super fast shipping and careful packaging! A+++

  6. Wendy K. (New Hampshire)

    Heavy little energy metal chunk- excellent pick by seller. I am eager to work with her. Very fast shipping- came sooner than expected. Would buy from this seller again.

  7. Angela S. (Ohio)

    As always, absolutely the BEST stones on the Internet! LOVE Julie & Moonrise Crystals!

  8. Lantogia T. (New Jersey)

    Fast ship. Very nice. Tasty tea too! Thanks!

  9. Lantogia T. (New Jersey)

    Thanks

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