Chrysocolla

Chrysocolla  (photo credit MinDat)

Chrysocolla (photo credit MinDat)

 

According to Wikipedia, Chrysocolla is a hydrated copper cyclosilicate mineral with the formula (Cu,Al)2H2Si2O5(OH)4·nH2O. Hehehe, such a convoluted scientific string! I guess that just means it’s a compound, which is apparent from the many wonderful blue/green colourways that can be seen in various pieces.

 

Chrysocolla  (photo credit Great Rough)

Chrysocolla (photo credit Great Rough)

 

Chrysocolla is a minor ore of copper, and like malachite, has a high copper content, which is what gives it that fabulous blue/green colouring.

 

Chrysocolla - Botryoidal (photo credit MinDat)

Chrysocolla – Botryoidal (photo credit MinDat)

 

The name Chrysocolla derives from the Greek chrysos (gold) and kolla (glue), referring to its use as a flux in soldering gold. The term has been used since antiquity.

 

Chrysocolla Stalagtite  (photo credit MinDat)

Chrysocolla Stalagtite (photo credit MinDat)

 

It is believed to have a calming influence, and also to attract love. It is supposed to help heal burns, fever, and detoxify the liver.

 

Chrysocolla  (photo credit Mineral Miners)

Chrysocolla (photo credit Mineral Miners)

 

I have some lovely chrysocolla cabochons just waiting to be turned into beautiful jewellery for you – you can find them in my gemstone collectionLet me know what you’d like created!

 

Chrysocolla Cabochon

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