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Chrysocolla specimen

Chrysocolla, the king of carbonate copper gemstones, is an alluring, vivid blue-green color and is often mistaken for turquoise because they share many visual similarities. Associated minerals are quartz, limonite, azurite, malachite, cuprite, and other secondary copper minerals. The name comes from the Greek CHRYSOS, "gold", and KOLLA, "glue", in allusion to the name of the material used to solder gold.

The name was first used by Theophrastus in 315 B.C. Andre-Jean-Francois-Marie Brochant de Villiers revived the name in 1808. The name "chrysocolla" is often used for any massive, globular, glassy, blue to green copper-bearing silicate minerals which have not been specifically identified as to species.

Bracelet in chrysocolla
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This fancy gemstone has inspired creativity in many artists, whether they were ancient goldsmiths using it as solder, Renaissance painters grinding it as pigment for paint or modern jewelry designer-artists including it within their florid designs. Chrysocolla is an opulent gemstone that can be found with traces of malachite, turquoise, jasper and azurite within it, so combining it with these gorgeous stones to make a beautiful tonal look is very easy. Chrysocolla can be combined in beautiful clusters with the sparkle of Swarovski crystals in rich blue, green and black designer colors.

Chrysocolla has the ability to bring harmony, increase wisdom and guide you toward discretion. Notable occurrences include Israel, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chile, Cornwall in England, and Arizona, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Michigan, and Pennsylvania in the United States.

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