Have you ever seen the rich and beautiful blues or greens of the Chrysocolla Stone? If you think you haven’t, you may have thought it was a piece of turquoise, or even jade or malachite. This is one of my favorite stones–And I want to tell you more!
When I began to research this stone, I found so many sites, making me believe it is one of the most popular stones used in jewelry over the ages.
The following is taken from Wikipedia:
“Chrysocolla, the king of carbonate copper gemstones, is an alluring, vivid blue-green color and is often mistaken for turquoise because they share many visual similarities. It can often be found intermingled with malachite, turquoise and azurite, creating a wonderful mixed gemstone known as Eilat stone (named after the city where it was once mined). Legend has it that Eilat stone was originally quarried in King Solomon’s mines in Africa–which is partly why it is the national stone of Israel. The rich, vibrant blue and green colors of chrysocolla are reminiscent of looking down upon the earth’s surface from space.”
In my humble opinion–I think some forms of Chrysocolla can be even more stunning than many turquoises. Gem Silica is one of the prettiest forms of chrysocolla and is often referred to as Chrysocolla Chalcedony. The bluish green colors come from copper–and they range in hue from bright blue to green.
Chrysocolla can be found wherever large copper deposits occur, such as Africa, Mexico and the U.S. state of Arizona (where it is called Apache chrysocolla). Chrysocolla from the state of Arizona is a mixture of chrysocolla, turquoise, jasper, lapis, malachite and quartz crystal minerals.
Chrysocolla is well known in Native American cultures who have been using it as a healing stone for strengthening the body’s resistance and for calming upset feelings. Their leaders utilized chrysocolla’s powers to encourage peace between nations. It is traditionally the stone of musicians (I am a musician, perhaps that is one reason I am so drawn to it)!
Do you have a favorite piece of jewelry made with chrysocolla? If you do, I would to hear about it!