Chrysocolla is a beautiful mineral, but not as well known as others. Chrysocolla is made from hydrated copper silicate. It usually forms from copper ore. Many times Chrysocolla is associated with specific types of minerals such as quartz, malachite, limonite, etc.
Chrysocolla has been known to man since the beginning of recorded history, its name is actually two words from Greek, “Chrysa” meaning Gold and “Kolla” which means glue. It should be noted that Chrysocolla got its name because its properties were first used to solder gold. Using Chrysocolla was first recorded in 315 BC by a Greek named Theophrastus.
Chrysocolla has a beautiful blue green color, and many people mistake it for turquoise. Because this mineral is very soft, it is not used for ornamental jewelry, but can be used as cabochons when properly polished. This mineral only has a hardness rating on the Moh’s scale of 2.5.
Besides being used in Ancient Greece as solder, it also has been given many mystical qualities by those that possess it. For instance, Chrysocolla is said to be an inspiration of creativity, it helps promote communication and is generally associated with femininity. Some of the many medicinal qualities given to this mineral is the ability to relieve ulcers and to help people strickened with arthritis.
If you wear or possess Chrysocolla, you are said to be extremely tranquil and at peace. You might find yourself more patient and to be able to give unconditional love. Finally, Chrysocolla is also associated with the ability to soothe others, as well as one’s mind and body.