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Chrysocolla is not a very well known gemstone but it is becoming increasingly popular with jewelry designers looking for something interesting and new. It is also an ideal gemstone for people keen on making their own jewelry either as a hobby or for business.
Chrysocolla is thought of as blue or green gemstone but its physical make up can include quartz, chalcedony, malachite, azurite and even opal on occasion which can create a whole rainbow of other colors as well as intriguing patches and patterns.
The green or blue color is caused by the presence of copper in the mineral composition of the gemstone when forming.
Pure Chrysocolla is a copper silicate which began life as a sort of gel which hardened over time. It is very rarely totally pure and combines with other minerals such as turquoise, quartz, malachite and others which not only creates interesting patterns and colors but also makes it durable enough to be used as a gemstone.
What are the spiritual benefits of Chrysocolla?
Chrysocolla has quite a long history as a spiritual gemstone with amulets found in the tombs of mummified children in Ancient Egypt suggesting that they may were considered a protective stone for the young on their journey into the afterlife.
Other benefits of Chrysocolla include:
- Composure and Self-control
- Teaching and Instruction
- Powerful Female Energy
Chrysocolla and the Chakras
With a tradition of being a blue gemstone, Chrysocolla has built up a reputation for helping unblock or align the Throat Chakra which supports its links to being a stone of communication. It can also help with sore throats as well as neck, shoulder and jaw issues.
Green colored Chrysocolla could be used to help with the Heart Chakra.
Chrysocolla is a very affordable gemstone and its appeal can be a matter of personal preference as far as color and patterns are concerned.
Generally any gemstone with a bright blue color and decent coverage will be the highest valued of all Chrysocolla although an equally even colored green gemstone could be just about as valuable.
Large sizes are readily available so the price per carat will not rise exponentially as they get bigger. Most Chrysocolla will be in the $1 - $5 per carat bracket.
Chrysocolla is not usually treated in any way although we have heard of some all blue or all green gemstones being strengthened by the application of epoxy. We do not stock these types of Chrysocolla.
As it is a relatively soft gemstone, Chrysocolla was one of mankind's earliest commodities. It could be quickly and easily carved, polished and shaped into amulets and decorations with simple tools.
Legends have suggested Chrysocolla came from the lost King Solomon's mines in Africa and there is evidence that it was sourced in the ancient mines of the Gulf of Aqaba well over 2000 years ago.
The famous physician, Hippocrates wrote of the healing powers of Chrysocolla around 400 BC and in the Middle Ages it was used by doctors to clean wounds and treat eye pain.
Where is Chrysocolla found?
Chrysocolla is most famously and historically found in Southern Israel but can also be found in Australia, Russia, the USA and Mexico in North America and Chile and Peru in South America.
What jewelry is Chrysocolla suitable for?
Chrysocolla is rated at 2 - 4 on Mohs hardness scale which would make it very soft for use in jewelry but the inclusion of quartz and chalcedony in its physical make-up usually strengthens this gemstone considerably. Large pendants would be totally fine as would earrings and necklaces but we would suggest protective settings for rings.