Chrysocolla gets its name from the Greek chrysos, "gold", and kolla, "glue", referring to the material used since the earliest times by goldsmiths as an ingredient for solder and mentioned by Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher and botanist back in 315 BCE.
Chrysocolla is a hydrated copper silicate that has a monoclinic crystal system and forms in the oxidation zones of copper rich ore bodies. It is usually found as botryoidal masses, crusts and vein fillings. It is coloured blue, Cyan or blue-green and green and sometimes found with brown or black splotches. It has a Mohs hardness of 2.5 to 3.5.
Chrysocolla is soft and fragile, however in the hands of skilled craftsmen can produce an attractive and valuable piece of jewellery. It has inspired creativity among many artisans, from ancient goldsmiths to Renaissance painters crushing and using it as a pigment for paint, through to modern day designer jewellers creating elaborate pieces. It has become a favoured stone among jewellers symbolizing prosperity, luck and determination and it lends itself well to opulence.
Lore from Far Eastern places such as Tibet and Africa inform of its use in healing. Nero, the Roman Emperor and patron of the green faction of ancient Rome is renowned for his association with Chrysocolla. Among Native American Indian cultures it is known as a gentle healing stone where it is used for strengthening the body's resistance to illness, as well as displacing distress and creating calm emotions.
For millennia, legend tells of Chrysocolla being a stone of reconciliation and reassurance throughout the world. In ancient Egypt it was called it “The Wise Stone of Conciliation” because it psychologically safeguarded and encouraged the mind during negotiations, and the individuals who wore it usually came up with intelligent compromises and resolutions. Teachings also say that this stone could influence violent people, making them more sensitive and tolerant, which it seems is why Cleopatra, diplomatically wore Chrysocolla everywhere she went.
It has been suggested that the vibrant and rich blue and green colours of Chrysocolla are just like looking down upon the earth's surface from outer space.
Chrysocolla builds an energy bridge between the Earth and the Sky; the physical and the spiritual planes. This stone offers gentle and soothing qualities and is associated with peace, tranquillity, intuition, patience and unconditional love. Chrysocolla is a potent source of life-force energy which also builds exceptional inner strength. It encourages self-awareness and a balanced nature, advances communication and opens psychic vision.
It is a stone of feminine empowerment, helping to establish feminine energies and calm the emotions. An excellent stone for women, Chrysocolla supports specific female issues mainly related to hormones and reproduction, treats PMS and menstrual cramps. A crystal of the Goddess, it is helpful in dealing with pain and anger associated with rape or abuse of any kind, allowing for inner forgiveness and release of resentment.
Chrysocolla can relieve the mental and emotional anguish of troubled relationships. By relieving tension and bringing out inner strengths it can be used to restore personal balance and harmony and to increase wisdom and discretion. It encourages level headedness, promoting clarity of thought and a neutral and composed attitude of mind during turmoil, as well as purifying the home and environment.
Known to decrease nervousness and irritability, it draws out all types of negative energies, allowing you to accept situations with serenity, clearing the subconscious of guilt, fear, and tension.
Chrysocolla treats arthritis, bone disease, blood disorders, lung troubles and ulcers. Detoxifies the liver, kidneys and intestines. Rejuvenates the pancreas, regulates insulin and re-oxygenates the blood. Strengthens muscles and relieves muscle cramps and spasms.
Chrysocolla lowers blood pressure, heals infections, and soothes burns. It rectifies thyroid and metabolism imbalances and can help to regulate stress-related digestive problems. It is said to be most effective when in constant contact with the skin.