Cleopatra’s Favorite Stone

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Did you know Alex and I are always fascinated by the natural beauty of gemstones?  We love searching for the most unique crystal minerals.  Here are some interesting facts and photos about Chrysocolla.

The name was first used by Theophrastus in 315 B. The name ‘chrysocolla’ was derived from the Greek words ‘chrysos’ and ‘kolla’ which translate as ‘gold’ and ‘glue’.  It earned its name because it was often used as a gold soldering agent.

It is often confused with Turquoise and Azurite.

Most blue and green gemstones are from the copper based family.

Chrysocolla is often coated by a druzy layer of glossy clear quartz.

Folklore and Gemstone Properties:

Known to reduce violent actions and to increase sensitivity, Cleopatra was known to have worn Chrysocolla jewelry.

Chrysocolla is known among Native Americans for its ability to strengthen resistance and promote a feeling of calmness in place of emotional turmoil.

It is a balancing stone.  Earth to sky.  Brings peace to the mind and heart.

Can Be Found:

The most notable Chrysocolla sources include Israel, the Congo (Zaire), Chile, England, Kolwezi, Katanga (Shaba), Mexico, Peru, Russia, and the USA (Arizona, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Michigan and Pennsylvania). Arizona is known to produce some of the finest Chrysocolla available today.