Chrysocolla


The name Chrysocolla

comes from the Greek word chrysos meaning gold and kola for glue, as it resembles other materials including borax, which was used as a flux in soldering gold in ancient times. Chrysocolla is mainly found in copper mines in dry areas, such as in the Southwest areas of the United States

Chrysocolla occurs in copper veins and is formed by waters containing silica. It forms as crusts, stalactites or stalagmites, and in botryoidal (grape like) shapes, as well as inclusions in other minerals. It is often mixed with copper compounds and is associated with such minerals quartz, azurite, turquoise, limonite, cuprite, tenorite, hematite, and malachite. Chrysocolla is also very similar to malachite but is of a deeper shade of blue.

The mottled blue and green varieties of chrysocolla come from Arizona, California, New Jersey, Michigan, New Mexico, Utah, and Pennsylvania. Large deposits are also found in Wanlockhead, Dumfries and Galloway Scotland; Chihuahua in Mexico; South Australia, Australia; Alsace, France, various locations in Israel and Chile, and in the Shaba province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Chrysocolla creates a strong awareness of the self. It releases grief, sadness and a fear of negative emotions. It aids in attaining joy, certainty and peace by supporting letting go, and surrendering to pain and worry.