A new friend through this jewelry-making experience asked me if I'd worked with Chrysocolla and confided that she was interested in learning more about it.
Chrysocolla, is an opaque, brilliant blue green stone. It's an ore of copper. The color is sometimes compared to turquoise, but it's more blue. It occurs in aggregates with Malachite and Azurite. It's a softer mineral, like turquoise, and the example in the photograph is stabilized to make it suitable for beads. The most popular form in jewelry is in gem silica, with quartz.
It's a gemstone of empowerment and facilitates communication. Healing and connection to self. It's been recommended as a stone to wear while teaching, as it helps the wearer clearly convey the deeper reasoning behind your message. It is also effective for the release of stress and fear. It is healing to the organs of the throat and for breathing issues. The name chrysocolla comes from Greek and a historical use as gold solder. It was used as a protective amulet in Egypt for at least one child mummy.
I'd seen it in it's gem silicate form- tiny and pale and lovely, and I was curious. Then my mother-in-law gave me the most ingenious gift, two lovely strands of Turquoise and Lapis beads and a request to design a necklace for her. As her birthday approached, so did a bead show and there was this lovely stone. Not Lapis, not turquoise- chrysocolla. Different and surprising in its intensity. A designer's dream and a creative inspiration.
It can be found in copper deposits. Commercial mines exist in the Ural mountains in Russia, Israel, US (in Pennsylvania, I sense a trip to plan!), South America, Africa and Australia.
Additional Links and Resources
Chrysocolla entry on Wikipedia
This entry is linked to the Intentional Stones page The Language of Gemstones and Minerals.