Chrysocolla, with its gorgeous blue-green hues, seems to be a solidified version of tropical lagoons and ocean depths. This gorgeous crystal is a copper-based mineral found in locations around the world - including Arizona (US) and Peru.
Physical Properties of Chrysocolla
Chrysocolla is a copper phyllosilicate mineral. Its hardness varies from 2.5 to 7.0 on the Mohs scale, which means there are both softer and harder varieties. The reason for such a vast difference between them is the amount of silica present when the rock forms. It's worth mentioning that the heavily silicified forms of chrysocolla are often named the "chrysocolla chalcedony," and that these are the most durable samples ever found. You may also hear it called "gem silica," which is combination of quartz and chrysocolla, and is very rare.
Very often, chrysocolla is used in silversmithing and goldsmithing, instead of turquoise. However, not all varieties of it can be used in this way. Dark blue chrysocolla is too fragile, so cyan, green, and aquamarine samples that have greater hardness are used instead.
Chrysocolla occurs in a variety of locations all over the world. A notable site is the Bacan Island in Indonesia. However, chrysocolla is also extracted in colder zones like England, Northern America, and Chile. The Democratic Republic of Congo, Peru, and Israel are well-known producers of it, too.
History and Uses of Chrysocolla
Chrysocolla’s name actually means gold glue, and it’s derived from the Greek words chrysos (gold) and kolla (glue). It is named this way because, previously, chrysocolla was used for soldering gold (remember earlier when we mentioned it was used in goldsmithing? This is how!). This practice dates back to as early as 315 BC.
According to some historical records, Cleopatra carried chrysocolla. Apparently, she appreciated this jewel for its calming properties. According to local mythology, she believed that this stone protected her from violent people’s rage.
The Native Americans also used chrysocolla, as a stone of protection – not from physical danger, but from illness and general distress. Chrysocolla was believed to strengthen one’s body and boost their immune system.
Metaphysical Properties of Chrysocolla
The most coveted type of chrysocolla is the chrysocolla chalcedony combination, also called "gem silica." Chrysocolla is the zodiac stone for Sagittarius; but it can be used by everyone who considers themselves optimistic, trusting, and adventurous.
Like we’ve already mentioned, chrysocolla’s surface resembles water bodies – hence, it's evident that it's ruled by water energy. It's a fantastic stone for building one's strength from weakness. Water might seem to be a weak element, but we all know that even just a small but constant drip can wear away rock; and that change isn't achieved by great power but, instead, by persistence. Chrysocolla is also associated with purification and regeneration. You might want to place it in rooms related to rest and prayer. Northern areas of your house will also benefit from it, according to the rules of feng shui.
Chrysocolla is a stone of balance and calming and is said to be helpful for stress. It is said that if you are attracted to chrysocolla, you may be experiencing burnout. It is said to be particularly helpful for those who do a lot of work with computers and is also said to have a feminine energy that supports the heart and throat chakras, with its blue-green color.
Use chrysocolla to foster your inner tranquility, to forgive others, and to go with the flow. This intriguing aquatic gem can not only soothe raging emotions but bring natural wisdom and healthy serenity, too. Chrysocolla will be an unforgettable gift for women of any age, who have had enough of gossiping about shallow topics and crave deep conversations and understanding instead. If you, or a woman you know well, is undergoing significant changes in her life, like pregnancy, motherhood, or menopause, you might want to recommend chrysocolla – the jewel of wise women who have unconditional love in their hearts and who are insightful and know how to use words to build, rather than destroy. Chrysocolla is the personification of a mother, teacher, or aunt. If you are someone who's been struggling with their mother figure, or relationships with women in general, chrysocolla might help you and be your guardian angel.
Chrysocolla is the stone of vishuddha – the throat chakra. Having it nearby might help you with sore throat or more complex larynx problems. It is also said to be useful for supporting the thyroid and adrenal glands. If you’re somebody who’s perpetually struggling with self-expression and communication (verbal and non-verbal), chrysocolla, like a talkative friend, will help you to speak. If you lack the confidence to give speeches, sing, or join an orchestra (and it’s something you'd like to do), try wearing a chrysocolla amulet. It will push you to tell the truth buried within your heart.
Chrysocolla can help you focus when chanting mantras, too. It’s the said to be the stone of lonely people: hermits, monks, and prisoners, as it can soothe the effects of prolonged solitude. People who dislike being in one space for too long might feel less stressed with the lack of movement if they have chrysocolla nearby.