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Chrysocolla | All About This Gemstone That You Need to Know

limz Published On Wed Mar 11 2020   Modified On Wed Mar 11 2020
Chrysocolla | All About This Gemstone That You Need to Know

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.

Let us learn more about Chrysocolla.

Meaning

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.

Origin and History

Chrysocolla Stone.
Chrysocolla Stone.
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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.

Formation Process

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. 

Formula

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.

Types

  • Aluminian Chrysocolla
  • Aluminian Ferrian Chrysocolla
  • Cornuite (of Rogers)
  • Cyanochalcite
  • Pilarite
  • Traversoite

Colors Available

Blue Chrysocolla Gemstone.
Blue Chrysocolla Gemstone.
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  • Blue
  • Cyan or Blue-Green
  • Green
  • Blackish Blue-Black
  • Brown
  • Yellow

Mines Available

  • Monte Avanza Mine, Forni Avoltri, Udine Province, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
  • L'Etoile du Congo Mine, Lubumbashi, Haut-Katanga, DR Congo
  • Inspiration Mine, Arizona, USA

Cost Per Carat

The price of Chrysocolla can be over $100 per carat according to its color and quality.

Uses

  • Chrysocolla is commonly used as a minor ore of copper.
  • It can also be used as a gemstone or ornamental stone in various forms of jewelry.

Spiritual Properties

  • Chrysocolla helps to calm emotions, aid verbal expression, socialize with friends and family, let go of fear, and enhance your overall creativity.
  • It can heal thyroid problems, aid the thymus gland, reduce adrenal fatigue issues, treat throat-related problems, and alleviate muscle cramps.
  • It also helps to release fear, stimulate psychic visions, develop intuition, draw-off negative energy, and improve the personal relationship.

Facts

Polished Chrysocolla.
Polished Chrysocolla.
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  • As Chrysocolla is soft and fragile, it is hardly used as a gemstone.
  • It exhibits an orthorhombic crystal system and has a white to pale blue streak.
  • It has a brittle to sectile tenacity and irregular to subconchoidal fracture.
  • These stones have a vitreous to dull luster and their specific gravity is 1.9 - 2.4.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • Boodles - Jewellers Bond St, London, England
  • Ann-Louise, Kamloops, Canada
  • Harry Winston, New York, USA

Online Stores

  • Zales, Grand Junction, Colorado, USA
  • Beaverbrooks, York, England

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