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Chrysocolla - The Differernt Colors, Shapes and Sizes

While Chrysocolla is not the most popular mineral around, it is quite beautiful. Chrysocolla is a mineral that is made from hydrated copper silicate. It is not that rare and can be found in many parts of the world including the Czech Republic, the Congo, Israel, Chili, Cornwall England and even in many states in the USA including Pennsylvania, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico.

For the most part, Chrysocolla comes in a bluish green color. Generally speaking the mineral can vary from very blue to very green in one piece of stone. It is often confused as turquoise and sometimes even sold to unsuspecting buyers as the more valuable turquoise. Chrysocolla can also come in the form of agataized Chrysocolla; this is when it is mixed with quartz, a mineral that is sometimes associated with it. When mixed it creates rings or spheres that are hard and can be polished to make beautiful ornamental jewelry.

Chrysocolla comes in large sizes and generally forms as large crusts, deep in veins or stalactites. It comes in many shapes, but since it is very soft and fragile it is not able to be cut and used as other minerals. It should be noted that Chrysocolla has a very dull luster and to the touch can seem waxy. Some say it looks very earth and must be polished to get the best possible shine, which in most cases in sub par of other minerals. The mineral is transparent to opaque which does make it more compelling.

How and Where is Chrysocolla Formed and Found

Chrysocolla is a mineral that is extremely soft and fragile. Chrysocolla is bluish green and sometimes mistaken as turquoise. Chrysocolla is not as common as other minerals and thus not usually mined as a rare mineral. In fact, many mineralogists do not specifically categorize it as a mineral, but as a mineraloid because it doesn’t have a true crystalline structure.

Chrysocolla is found in many areas of the world, most notably the Czech Republic, Israel, Cornwall England, Congo and in certain states in America including Utah, Arizona, Pennsylvania and New Mexico. It is mostly found with or associated with other types of minerals that include; quartz, azurite, limonite, cuprite and secondary copper minerals.

Chrysocolla is generally formed when copper ore bodies become oxidized. Its growth habits are usually massive and may consist of stalactites and crusts. The chemical formula for Chrysocolla is CuSiO3 - H2 O, which is hydrated copper silicate.

While it is that popular or valuable, the color of Chrysocolla is very beautiful. The luster of this mineral is usually not bright, but dull, even earthy and can be waxy to the touch. While it can be used to create certain types of jewelry, it is usually far too fragile and soft for normal ornamental jewelry. It only scores a 2 to 4 on the Moh’s hardness scale. Certain times this mineral will become agataized in quartz, which it is normally associated with. When agataized it is imbedded in rings within the quartz and can be very appealing.

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