Chrysocolla – a crystal chameleon

My favourite crystal at the moment is Chrysocolla. For a while now, I’ve been drawn to its gorgeous colours…it has all the colours of Mother Earth. Shades of blue, green, red, brown, yellow, and everything in between. And it’s able to be like this because it has the ability to blend with other crystals, such as malachite, cuprite, azurite, turquoise, jasper, shattuckite etc.

imageChrysocolla-Malachite sphere

imageChrysocolla-Azurite-Gold ore




Parrot Wing Chrysocolla



imageSunrise Chrysocolla-Cuprite



imageChrysocolla-Cuprite sphere



imageChrysocolla cabochon




Poished and faceted Chrysocolla

imageChrysocolla from Peru

Here are some interesting facts about Chrysocolla:

Chrysocolla is said to bring peace to the mind and heart, to balance the emotions and to awaken compassion. It is tranquil and sustaining and is an aid to meditation and communication. It helps you accept with serenity situations that are constantly changing. It also inspires creativity, reduces mental tension and helps you keep a cool head.

Chrysocolla is an all round beneficial cleansing crystal. Placed on the Throat and Heart Chakras, it will calm, clear and balance them.

Chrysocolla can be used to get a clearer view of a problem. Lie down and place a piece of Chrysocolla on the throat or forehead. Think about an issue you wish to understand better, focus on a thought and then relax. Chrysocolla can aid you in allowing an answer or solution to appear in your conscious mind.

In healing Chrysocolla is said to treat PMS and menstral cramps and to help arthritis, digestive problems and throat infections.

Chrysocolla is a very beautiful stone with many beneficial energies.

It is known as a healing stone among Native American Indian cultures where it was used for strengthening the body’s resistance and bringing about calm feelings where there is upset.

Chrysocolla is a stone of peace, increased wisdom, discretion.
It promotes level headedness, encouraging clarity of thought and a neutral, cool attitude during turbulence. It can be used to decrease nervousness and irritability.

Healing properties of Chrysocolla
Chrysocolla can be placed directly on the affected body part. Laying it on the forehead as a ‘third eye’ offers spiritual benefit.

Help with infections (especially the throat area)
Used by healers to detoxify the liver, lower blood pressure
Has a cooling effect for fever reduction
Can assist in speeding up recovery from burns
Alleviates cramps
Use with copper to increase the power of chrysocolla.

Sources of Chrysocolla
It is found in copper mining areas, particularly Chile, the former USSR, and Zaire.

(Source :
The gemstone Chrysocolla is often confused with turquoise. It is a copper bearing mineral found wherever copper deposits occur especially in areas of the southwestern USA, Chili, Zaire, Australia, France and England.

Eliat Stone is a variegated blue and green mixture of chrysocolla and other copper minerals found in the Gulf of Aqaba, near the northwestern end of the Red Sea”.

Pure chrysocolla is too soft for jewelry purposes but it is often found in quartz deposits which makes it hard enough to polish for cabochons. It is often found mixed with malachite, turquoise and azurite.

The drusy form of chrysocolla is a beautiful Robin’s egg blue. Pure chrysocolla is between 2.0 and 4.0 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:

Creativity, female energy, communication, relieves ulcers and arthritis.

Chrysocolla is associated with tranquility and peace, intuition, patience, and unconditional love. It is thought to offer gentle and soothing qualities.

This entry, from my New Crystal Bible by Cassandra Eason, made me laugh out loud:

“Chrysocolla is the symbol of musicians; use as a charm to learn new musical instruments at any age or to join a choir, orchestra or theatre group and to have the confidence to perform in public. Chrysocolla is excellent for people of any age who act childishly, throw tantrums or refuse to accept responsibility, to bring maturity without losing a sense of spontaneity; hide the stone in the luggage or glove box of the car of a partner who is undergoing a mid-life crisis and has a roaming eye”.

Guess that’s my husband’s secret Christmas present sorted! 😄.

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