Chrysocolla belongs to the silicate or phyllosilicate group of minerals. It has sky blue, bright green, gray and bluish-green shades. The gemstone can often be multicolored as well. The stone’s brightest shades of blue is imparted by the copper content in its crystalline lattice. Very often, a clear and shiny Quartz layer covers the surface of the crystal. Similarly, Quartz particles also weave with Chrysocolla fibers to form Stellarite. The bright greenish or bluish crystal also occurs in hybrid forms with Turquoise and Malachite to form Elilat stone. Chemically labeled as Cu2H2Si2O5(OH)4, it has the basic structure of copper silicate with some aluminum particles. However, this gemstone’s chemical composition is highly variable with alternating water molecules and elements. Although it occurs with a definitive chemical composition in microcrystalline forms, it is mostly amorphous in structure.
The orthorhombic crystal is brittle in tenacity and undergoes conchoidal or uneven fractures. Chrysocolla is vitreous to greasy in luster and occurs in reniform, massive form, botryoidal aggregates, stalactitic forms, fibrous veins, rounded spheres and tufted fibrous crystals. With a specific gravity of around 2.2, the stone forms pseudomorphs with other stones and has no specific cleavage planes. With white to pale blue streaks running through its crystalline structure, the gemstone has a translucent to opaque transparency. The stone has a Moh’s hardness score of 2 to 4. Morphological forms of Chrysocolla stone include sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. Favored in hydrothermal environments, it occurs as an alteration mineral in copper’s oxidative zone.
Widely known as “Wise Stone of Conciliation” across the globe, legend tells tales of the stone’s bearer becoming clever and impossible to bend to others’ demands. The gemstone also imparts great protection from psychological setbacks that occur due to negotiation’s chaos. Sometimes, this alluring bright blue or green gemstone, coated with quartz seems just like Turquoise stone. But the striking likeness is nothing more than a visual game. The monoclinic crystal often occurs in the form of grapes.
Emotions, physical being, and intellectual abilities are said to get potential perceptive sides with the stone’s possession. It helps the wearer of the stone to resonate with perfectionist’s frequency especially on realms of health and intellect. The stone is believed to enhance female energies particularly in creativity and hormonal cycles. This vitreous blue stone further regulates a woman’s hormonal changes from puberty to menarche, then all through ovulation and conception. The stone heals psychological distress from incest and sexual abuse. Releasing the bearer from resentments and anger, the stone helps forgive the abusers as well. By absorbing negative energies in the bearer’s psyche, it is a stepping stone towards a better future.
In crystal healing, it is believed that the gemstone cures throat infections, high blood pressure, ulcers, cramps, arthritis and brings rapid recovery from burn injuries.
Historically used by Native Americans to improve the body's immune system, Chrysocolla has been very useful, not only for health reasons, but for fostering peace between groups. It promotes harmony, enabling clear communication and helping the owner select the right things to say. It helps them become more open to improving their attitude and avoid relapsing to their old habit.
This stone is also known to be particularly helpful for women-related health issues - from adolescence, pregnancy, childbirth, and other related concerns. For both men and women, Chrysocolla is a known healing stone and is used to relieve pain and fever, treat asthma, eliminate fear, and help people who have undergone abuse and trauma. As helpful as Chrysocolla is to those who have been abused, it is also beneficial for those who inflict abuse.
Resembling the stone Turquoise, Chrysocolla is usually in the hues of greenish blue to light turquoise, acquiring its beautiful color from its copper content. It is composed of copper silicate with little aluminum, and has a vitreous to greasy luster. Chrysocolla deposits are found usually in massive forms, generally in the areas of Australia, Congo,Chile, Peru, and Arizona in the US. This stone is often tumbled and cut to cabochons for beads and as gemstones.