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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) / Copper Bearing Gems

Which gemstones are copper-bearing?

The most famous cuprian (copper-bearing) gemstone is Paraiba tourmaline. There are a number of other gemstones that contain copper, including malachite, azurite, turquoise, chrysocolla, Larimar and oregon sunstone. It would be misleading to think that a gemstone is valuable simply because it is copper-bearing, but many valuable gems do get their distinctive color from traces of copper. For more information see our article on copper-bearing gemstones.

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