Chrysocolla is a hydrated copper phyllosilicate mineral that is often found in the matrix of quartz. It is commonly associated with other secondary copper minerals and can occur as the brightest shade of blue and green.
Chrysocolla is not the official birthstone of any month but it is suitable for the people born in December. It symbolizes purity, love, good fortune, success, energy, balance, and empowerment.
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Chrysocolla is a minor ore of copper and a sharply colored mineral that is usually soft and fragile. It is a common mineral and can be found widely throughout the world. It is highly associated with the throat and heart chakra and balances both the chakra. These stones help to understand our needs, clear emotions, promote the knowledge of love, express our thoughts freely, support deeper heartfelt communication, and aid anxiety.
Chrysocolla is believed to be discovered around 315 BC. The name is derived from the ancient Greek word "Chrysos" and "Kolla" which means "Gold" and "Glue" respectively. This name was given in allusion to its use for soldering gold. In 1808, André-Jean-François-Marie Brochant de Villiers, a French geologist, revived its name. This mineral was believed to be first used by Theophrastus, a Greek plant biologist, in 315 BC.
Chrysocolla forms under high temperatures as a gel-like substance in the oxidation zones of copper ore bodies. It mostly occurs as crusts or masses in the upper parts of copper ore veins where the copper minerals have been altered by water that contains dissolved silica.
The chemical formula of Chrysocolla is (Cu, Al)2H2Si2O5(OH)4·nH2O. These stones have a hardness of 2.5-3.5 according to the Mohs scale.
The price of Chrysocolla can be over $100 per carat according to its color and quality.
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