Chrysocolla is a minor ore of copper which forms in the oxidation zones of copper-rich areas. It is a mix of various microscopic crystals and it is often found mixed with other secondary copper minerals like Malachite, Azurite, Turquoise and Quartz. These mixtures provide interesting patterns and textures which give Chrysocolla its attractive colour of blue-green with brown or black inclusions and sometimes gold flecks. It is soft and fragile and tends to break easily when exposed to the atmosphere so it is mixed with quartz, chalcedony or opal to give it durability.
Chrysocolla can be found around the world including Africa, Chile, England, Israel, Mexico, Peru, Russia and USA.
Traditional legends, gemstone folklore and healing properties of Chrysocolla
The name Chrysocolla is derived from the Greek “chrysos”, meaning gold, and “kola”, meaning glue in reference to a similar-looking material that was used to solder gold. In ancient Egypt it was called the “wise stone”, and it was also thought to protect the wearer against psychological damage. It was believed to have the power to make violent people more sensitive and tolerant, which is apparently why Cleopatra carried some with her everywhere she went! It was also considered as a stone for feminine empowerment and female energy.
Chrysocolla is generally associated with peace and tranquillity as well as intuition, patience, creativity, communication and unconditional love. It is also thought to have gentle and soothing qualities and said to help clear feelings of anger, guilt, fears and tension.
For healing, Chrysocolla is believed to be good for relieving ulcers and arthritis. It is also thought to help rectify metabolic imbalances, and as an aid in losing weight.
Chrysocolla is not a Traditional Birthstone for any Month but has been linked with the zodiac signs of Taurus, Cancer, Aquarius and Libra.