CHRYSOCOLLA: Peace Crystal
Chrysocolla is a very beautiful stone with a lot of beneficial energy. Chrysocolla is a stone of peace, increased wisdom, and discretion. It promotes level-headedness, encouraging clarity of thought and a neutral, cool attitude during turbulence. It can be used to decrease nervousness and irritability. Chrysocolla looks like the earth as seen from space.
This, in combination with its Goddess-like qualities, makes this a natural stone to use in meditating for world peace. Hold this very special piece of the earth in your hand, and visualize the peace and calm which emanate from it spreading until it circles the globe. It is known as a healing stone among Native American Indian cultures where it was used for strengthening the body’s resistance and bringing about calm feelings where it is upset.
VIRTUES OF CHRYSOCOLLA:
PHYSICAL HEALING PROPERTIES
Chrysocolla treats arthritis, bone disease, muscle spasms, blood disorders and lung problems. It detoxifies the liver, kidneys, and intestines. Chrysocolla re-oxygenates the blood, regenerates the pancreas and regulates insulin. It strengthens muscles and alleviates muscle cramps; it treats PMS and menstrual cramps. Chrysocolla has been known to raise the metabolism to assist in rectifying an imbalance or to help in losing weight.
Chrysocolla helps with infections, especially in the throat area. Chrysocolla water sipped slowly, is very refreshing in the case of throat inflammation. Chrysocolla can detoxify and fortify the liver functions, has a cooling effect, can lower blood pressure and soothes and speeds up the healing of burns. It can also help to regulate stress-related digestive problems and thyroid gland functioning.
How does it do all these things? Chrysocolla releases the cells that hold on to sickness, which clears the way for healthy new cells to regenerate tissue and organs. This stone can be placed directly on the affected body position, for alleviating cramps, infections of the throat, detoxifying the liver, lowering blood pressure (heart) or assisting recovery from burns.
It has been used by musicians for its healing properties for the throat and lungs.
Laying chrysocolla on the forehead (‘third eye’) offers spiritual benefit. Use with copper to increase the power of chrysocolla.
EMOTIONAL HEALING PROPERTIES
Chrysocolla is best known among Native American Indian cultures for its capability of strengthening the body’s resistance and bringing about calm feeling where there has been upset and turmoil.
Chrysocolla can provide stamina and drive in cases of laziness, but also provides a calming effect if nervous or irritable by promoting harmony. It can allow the release of distress from negative emotions and promote the understanding of others.
It draws out guilt, heals heartache and increases the capacity to love. Chrysocolla imparts confidence and sensitivity, enhances personal power and inspires creativity. It is often used by public speakers to decrease nervousness.
It is a great aid in accepting the constant changes in life and will assist us in going through the ups and downs and still be able to pursue our goals.
A stone with very feminine energies, chrysocolla can ease the mental and emotional pains of any troubled relationship by relieving tension and bringing out your inner strengths:
When attempting to remove yourself from a troublesome or even dangerous relationship or situation, especially those filled with emotional tension, draw a nine-inch circle on a piece of paper. Set a piece of chrysocolla in the center of the circle, sit and meditate on what this situation is costing you in manners of self-esteem, physical danger, emotional stress and psychological duress, as well as monetarily. Do this for nine nights, each time moving the stone closer and closer to the edge of the circle. In the meantime, take whatever measures are appropriate and necessary for you to be safe. By the end of the ninth night, you should be able to remove the stone completely from the circle.
If however, you have procrastinated, and taken no steps to physically help remove yourself from this situation, moving the stone to the edge of the circle will not gain you freedom from the problem. You may start again, but you should consider why you were unable to do it the first time, before beginning again.
MENTAL HEALING PROPERTIES
Chrysocolla encourages us to be neutral, think with clarity, and to keep a cool head. It helps us to recognize that there is more to life than material things. It allows us to forgive old hurts and disappointments which clear the way for new, healthy ways of thinking.
Chrysocolla helps overcome phobias by drawing out negativity and supplying motivation. Chrysocolla promotes truth-telling and impartiality; encouraging self-awareness and inner balance.
Chrysocolla helps to clear the subconscious of negative feelings of guilt, fears, and mental tension by summoning up inner strength. It aids in releasing old resentment and in forgiving people you’ve been holding resistance to. It is exceptionally helpful in dealing with the anger and pain associated with rape, or abuse of any kind.
SPIRITUAL HEALING PROPERTIES
Chrysocolla makes a bridge of energy between the Earth and the Sky, the physical and the spiritual planes. Chrysocolla is generally associated with peace and tranquility, intuition, patience and unconditional love. Chrysocolla is a powerful source of life-force energy and a stone for feminine empowerment; helping to build feminine energies and calm emotions.
It improves communication and opens psychic vision. Chrysocolla will encourage a self-awareness and balanced nature.
As with most gemstones, Chrysocolla is best used when held or laid upon the body. Best results come when it is laid directly on a Chakra, but it is quite beneficial however you choose to carry it.
Chakras – Throat Chakra
Zodiac – Taurus, Gemini, Virgo
Planet – Venus
Element – Water
Colors – blue, blue-green, green
Energy – Receptive
Powers – Peace, Wisdom, and Love
CHRYSOCOLLA AND THE CHAKRAS
Chrysocolla calms, cleanses and re-energizes all the chakras; it is an all purpose gemstone. It will increase awareness on all levels, bring light to the aura, clear energy blockages, it is very cleansing, as it absorbs heaviness and negativity. It helps to flush and heal all heart blocks, working with the 4th, Heart Chakra, and it has the capability of revitalizing all of the chakras.
Chrysocolla can calm the Base, Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras. It can ease emotional heartache at the Heart Chakra and provide renewed strength, balance and a capacity to love. Used at the Throat Chakra, it provides strength and balance in how we express ourselves and communicate. Used at the Brow Chakra or Third Eye, it can initiate powerful visionary experiences.
Chrysocolla is considered to be a feminine lunar stone, with the energies of those goddesses, such as Kwan Yin, who are viewed as comforters. It helps to draw out the characteristics associated with nurturing goddess figures: patience, compassion, forgiveness, and tolerance (both for others and for oneself).
Chrysocolla is a stone of peace and tranquility. Chrysocolla is said to release its energies gradually, allowing your body and mind to heal in a serene piece of mind.
Chrysocolla is used to enhance intuition and draw unconditional love. Keeping a piece in a romantic location is said to attract your perfect mate. Some people recommend copper to increase chrysocolla`s abilities.
Chrysocolla is particularly effective when carried as a touchstone or jewelry that is in constant contact with the skin. It should be cleansed once a month under warm running water and then recharged overnight in a bowl with tumbled hematite.
Chrysocolla is used to attract love:
Place a piece of chrysocolla in your hand. Visualize a love being attracted to you.
Place the stone in a red or pink container half filled with water. Next, put three red roses in the container as well. Replace with fresh roses when any fade.
Your love will come to you!
CHEMISTRY: CuSiO3 – nH2 O, Hydrated copper silicate
USES: minor ore of copper and an ornamental stone
COLOR: green-blue but can vary widely from more blue to more green, often in the same specimen.
LUSTER: earthy to dull or vitreous and waxy.
TRANSPARENCY: translucent to opaque.
CRYSTAL SYSTEM: monoclinic or orthorhombic.
GROWTH HABITS: massive forms that can be crusts, stalactites and botryoidal. Also as inclusions in other minerals such as quartz.
FRACTURE: pronounced conchoidal.
HARDNESS: variable from 2 to 4.
SPECIFIC GRAVITY: approximately 2.0 – 2.3 (very light)
STREAK: white to blue-green.
ASSOCIATED MINERALS: quartz, limonite, azurite, malachite, cuprite and other secondary copper minerals.
OTHER CHARACTERISTICS: may have an opal-like appearance.
NOTABLE OCCURRENCES: include Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Pennsylvania, USA; Israel; Zaire and England.
BEST FIELD INDICATORS: lack of crystals, color, fracture, low density, and softness.
Chrysocolla has a monoclinic crystal system and is in the mineral class of ring silicates. It is formed by a secondary process in the oxidation zone of copper ore where surface water that contains silicic acid dissolves the copper out of the rock. Because Malachite is formed in the same type of manner, it is not uncommon to find the two joined together.
It can crystallize in the form of crusts, layers, large masses and even needle-like crystals. Its coloring can range from green to turquoise to blue shades and is sometimes found with brown or black splotches.
Chrysocolla is perhaps more appropriately a mineraloid than a true mineral. Most of the time it is amorphous meaning that it does not have a coherent crystalline structure. However, at higher temperatures, it does demonstrate a distorted crystal structure that seems to be composed of Si4 O10 sheets. Chrysocolla forms in the oxidation zones of copper rich ore bodies.
Chrysocolla is often found alongside quartz, copper minerals, azurite, and limonite. Chrysocolla generally occurs as a bright green or bluish crust or as compact grapelike clusters of stone. When found mixed with malachite, turquoise and azurite, it creates a wonderful product called Eilat Stone (a gem associated with King Soloman’s Mines) as well as bringing the metaphysical qualities of each of those mineral/crystals to create a powerful healing stone.
Pure chrysocolla is soft and fragile and therefore not appropriate for use in jewelry. However, chrysocolla often is “agatized” in chalcedony quartz and it is the quartz that provides the stone with its polish and durability. Druzy Chrysocolla is a rock composed of agatized chrysocolla with a crust of small sparkling quartz crystals in small cavities. A skilled craftsman, if able to polish a specimen that accentuates the colored swirls of chrysocolla and sparkles of the druzy quartz, can produce a lovely and valuable piece of jewelry. Occasionally, chrysocolla can have a turquoise color and be used as a fraudulent substitute for the more precious stone.
For thousands of years, as legend tells it, chrysocolla has been a stone of conciliation and reassurance thought the world. In ancient Egypt, it was called the ‘wise stone’ as those who wore it generally came up with clever comprises when it seems and unbearable pass in negotiations. It was also thought it would protect the wearer against psychological damage as well. Lore also tells that this stone had the power to make violent people more sensitive and tolerant, which is apparently why Cleopatra carried chrysocolla with her everywhere she went.
SOURCES OF CHRYSOCOLLA
It is a copper bearing mineral found wherever copper deposits occur especially in areas of the South-western USA; Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and even Pennsylvania. Globally it is found in Chile, Zaire, Israel, Mexico, Peru, Afghanistan, Australia, Czech Republic, the former USSR, Congo, France, and England. Chrysocolla grows in large sizes and is not considered rare or hard to find. However, this mineral is rarely mined today, which is what creates its high price tag.
Eilat Stone is a variegated blue and green mixture of chrysocolla and other copper minerals found in the Gulf of Aqaba, near the North-western end of the Red Sea.
Uses: Pure chrysocolla is generally too soft for main line jewelry purposes although, beads can be created with it, as well, it is often found in quartz deposits which make the chrysocolla hard enough to polish for cabochons and other products.