Chalcopyrite, Peacock Ore
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Mineralogy of Peacock Ore
Mineral Family: Sulfates
Chemical Composition: Cu5FS2, CuFeS2
Cleavage: Poor (Bornite), Distinct (Chalcopyrite)
Color: Brassy yellow, red, blue, purple
Crystal System: Tetragonal
Fracture: Uneven to conchoidal, brittle
Gravity: 5.1 (Bornite), 4.2 (Chalcopyrite)
Hardness: 3 (Bornite), 3.5-4 (Chalcopyrite)
Streak: Pale grey-black (Bornite), grey-green (Chalcopyrite)
Location: Peacock Ore is a commercial name that is used to describe both iridescent Bornite and Chalcopyrite. Major Bornite deposits are in located in Austria, Canada, Chile, England, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Tasmania, Peru, Kazakhstan, Tasmania, the United States (Arizona, Connecticut, Montana and Utah). Major Chalcopyrite deposits are located in Australia, Canada, China, England, Germany, Japan, Peru, Spain, Tasmania and the United Sates (Arizona, Colorado, Utah).
Mineral Family: Peacock Ore is an oxidized form of Bornite or Chalcopyrite, both of which are Sulfide minerals in which sulfur has been combined with one or more metals. Sulfide minerals tend to have simple structures and often have a metallic luster. Generally speaking, both will show a brassy yellow color, but natural Bornite Peacock Ore tends to display more blue/purple, while natural Chalcopyrite Peacock Ore is more likely to show pink and green.
Formation: Bornite and Chalcopyrite are both copper iron sulfide and major ores for native Copper. They most typically grown in massive forms, with crystals being relatively rare. These minerals are usually formed in hydro-thermal veins in porphyry copper deposits, but can also be found in silica-pour igneous stones and contact metamorphic stones. The minerals transform into Peacock Ore due to oxidation, an elemental reaction between the base copper metal found in Bornite and Chalcopyrite and the oxygen in the air. Oxidation tarnishes the surface of the rock, leaving behind beautiful metallic colors. The process is virtually identical to rust on iron, which leaves a red-brown stain on the metal. The tarnish on Peacock Ore occurs only at the surface level, and may be only a few atoms thick! This is so thin, that the colors can be easily buffed away.
Mining: Sulfide minerals such as Bornite and Chalcopyrite are the ore minerals for most commercially mined metals including Gold, Silver, Platinum, and Copper. They are mined in massive open-pit Copper mines, as well as in smaller precious metal deposits. Naturally occurring Peacock Ore may be found in small quantities too.
Enhancements: “Peacock Ore” is a commercial name for naturally-oxidized Bornite and Chalcopyrite. It may also be lab-crated by treating Chalcopyrite with an acid-bath. For more information, see the “Safe Handling” tab.
Synonyms: Bornite, Chalcopyrite, Peacock Stone, Peacock Copper, Purple Copper Ore, Variegated Copper Ore
History of Peacock Ore
“Peacock Ore” is a commercial name for iridescent Bornite and Chalcopyrite. Because the term was first used by old miners in Mexico to describe tarnished Bornite, some people believe that “real” Peacock Ore must be Bornite, while Chalcopyrite Peacock Ore is “fake.” In reality, both minerals may naturally tarnish in a brilliant display of metallic colors. That being said, the majority of man-made Peacock Ore is created from Chalcopyrite. Peacock Ore is a relatively “new” stone for the metaphysical community, and so was not included in any ancient or medieval lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers.
Unsurprisingly, Peacock Ore is closely linked to its magnificent namesake. The brightly-colored birds are always male, while the peahen is a much more demure brown. The peacock has been a symbol of royalty and divinity for centuries, as well as a symbol for watchfulness and protection. It is the sacred bird of the Buddhist Bodhisattva, Kwan Yin, also known as the Goddess of Compassion. According to legend, before Kwan Yin left the earth, she created a guardian animal to help usher in world peace. She rubbed her hands on her face, and then called over a large, brown bird and brushed its feathers with her hands, leaving behind a kaleidoscope of colors. The “eyes” on the peacock’s tail feathers are said to evoke Kwan Yin’s “1000 eyes” watching down over us. While the mournful cry of the peacock is a call to the goddess to remember the people and to help us in our time of need.
Healing Properties of Peacock Ore
Spiritual: Peacock Ore has a very happy-go-lucky energy that can bring more joy into our spiritual practices. It reminds us to not take ourselves, or our spiritual life, too seriously. It whispers to our heart that the Divine wants us to laugh and dance whenever possible. Peacock Ore protects us from negative energy, and helps us to find the people and activities that will help us evolve and awaken. Peacock Ore is linked to Kwan Yin, goddess of compassion, and can be used to evoke her aid. When used in meditation, it can deepen and strengthen our connection to both the earth below us and the vast realms of spirit. Peacock Ore helps us to stay in the present moment and to find peace wherever we are, regardless of the circumstances. Peacock Ore is attuned to the Solar Plexus Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Cancer and Capricorn. It is connected to the elements of Earth and Fire and vibrates to the numbers 2, 4 and 9.
Emotional: Peacock Ore has a lively energy, encouraging us to be happy, feel hopeful and be more confident in our own skin. It reminds us to stop and smell the roses and to take time to really ENJOY our life! Peacock Ore is a very good stone to work with when we feel like our hearts and our minds are not united, especially on important topics like our romantic relationships or our livelihood. Peacock Ore helps our heart and mind to talk more clearly with each other and to help us make decisions that will best serve our Highest Good. Peacock Ore encourages us to find practical ways to pursue our dreams and the courage to be open to real love. When we are already in a happy romantic relationship, Peacock Ore inspires us to take it to the next level, to enjoy each other more and be wildly, outrageously happy and in love.
Mental: Peacock Ore sharpens our intellectual capabilities and encourages us to be open to new ideas. Its vibration pulses with “fresh” energy which can be used to reinvigorate the mind when it feels tired. It is particularly good for helping us to see and understand patterns within the larger picture, and to bring all the different details into balance and alignment. Peacock Ore encourages us to always give the highest quality of work in all our endeavors.
Physical: Peacock Ore is said to treat chemical imbalances and restore harmony throughout the physical body. It is commonly used by metaphysical healers to help us better assimilate vitamins and protein as well as to regulate adrenaline levels. It is also believed to reduce fevers and swelling. Peacock Ore’s energy has a very sensual and curious vibration, which can help invigorate sexual relations. It also is said to stimulate the senses, helping us to better enjoy food and other sensual delights.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Peacock Ore
The Miners sell to an Industrial Metal Supplier.
The Metal Supplier sells to a Laboratory.
The Laboratory sells to a US Wholesaler/Importer
The Importer sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is complicated but likely clean.
The Mine, Laboratory and Importer may all be in different countries.
At least two middle-men are involved.
This Peacock Ore is from Mexico, most likely Zacatecas.
The exact mine is unknown, but it may have been an industrial zinc mine.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
The Lapidary & Importer
While Peacock Ore can tarnish naturally, this Peacock Ore was likely created in a laboratory.
It was imported by a US mineral wholesaler.
The Importer is a family business run by a married couple.
The Importer pays its employees fairly.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first encountered the US wholesaler at the 2015 Franklin, North Carolina Gem and Mineral Show. They carry a wide-variety of tumbled stones, both common and rare. The tumbled Celestite and specialty Obsidian particularly caught my eye, since no other source carries them. The owners are a married couple, he takes care of their larger stones, while she is the self-proclaimed, “Tumbled Stone Queen.” The Queen knows her stock inside and out and we’ve spoken in person and by phone about the geology and origins of various minerals.
The amount of middlemen involved does give me pause. I only purchase stones from this source if I can’t find the stone elsewhere and I am confident about the mining and lapidary conditions for the countries in question.
Color: Multicolored, typically iridescent pink, yellow and/or blue, and may have minor areas of gray or white. 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 Peacock Ore
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