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Chrysocolla Crystal Meaning

man holding large chrysocolla crystalGet ready to learn all about Chrysocolla crystal, from geological facts to metaphysical healing properties. Watch the video, discover how to tell fake versus real Chrysocolla, and read about personal experiences with the stone. 

With Chrysocolla, you will become self-aware. You will open the portal to your power and balance your spirituality with your reality.

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Watch the Chrysocolla Meaning Video for an overview of this healing crystal, see examples, and go over your answers to your top 5 questions. 

While you are there, watch the entire A-Z Satin Crystals Meanings video series. We answer your questions on all of the most popular crystals. You can also post your questions and stories directly to the Youtube comments.

Can you benefit from Chrysocolla crystals?

Reap Chrysocolla crystal benefits if you can relate to any of the following statements:

  • You seek self-awareness

  • You want to be at peace with yourself

  • You wish to balance your upper chakras

  • You want to express yourself clearly

  • You want a calming meditation stone

  • You are looking to heal from heartbreak

  • You want to connect with Universal Oneness

  • You want to tap into your Inner God or Goddess
lady holding chrysocolla rough

What is Chrysocolla?

Chrysocolla is a blue-green stone that gets its colors from its copper content. It forms when other copper minerals (like Chalcopyrite) go through chemical changes like oxidization, weathering, or hydrothermal processes.

Copper is what gives Chrysocolla its brilliant bluish-green color. It may also show oxidized iron forming black patterns, green Malachite, clear to white Quartz, and red Cuprite inclusions. It may also form with Turquoise, Limonite, and Azurite. 

You will not find Chrysocolla in crystal formations. They will usually be botryoidal, have a bubbly cluster shape, or have a smooth curvy mass formation. You may also find it in veins and layers on other stones, most commonly with Malachite. 

What is the spiritual meaning of Chrysocolla?

Spiritually, Chrysocolla is the Goddess Stone, providing a calm and powerful energy. This tranquil stone aids in communication, allowing you to calmly organize your thoughts rather than haphazardly blurting things out. Chrysocolla helps you maintain a cool head in chaotic situations. Using Chrysocolla helps you become self-aware and look internally rather than externally for meaning in your life.

Here are a few other energies associated with Chrysocolla crystals:

  • Balancing rocky relationships

  • Healing the Heart chakra of emotional traumas

  • Developing empathy and tolerance

  • Tapping into wisdom and harmony
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How do you work with Chrysocolla?

There are many ways to work with your Chrysocolla stones in crystal healing.

Here are a few ideas on how to use Chrysocolla in your practice:

  • Place Chrysocolla over your Heart chakra and surround yourself with Apache Tear Obsidian if you are feeling depleted after heartbreak

  • Wear Chrysocolla pendants at the Throat chakra to help your words flow and resonate with others

  • Wear Chrysocolla as a necklace near the heart to give and receive more love energies

  • Put Chrysocolla in the bedroom to help relax the mind before bed

  • Put Chrysocolla clusters in the home to bring Zen energy

  • Keep Chrysocolla hearts in your pocket to help relieve grief

  • Carry Chrysocolla tumbled stones in your pockets to attract love while you are out and about

  • Recite positive affirmations with Chrysocolla eggs in your hands to attract healthy relationships

    • Meditate with a Chrysocolla sphere to communicate with Guardian Angels and Spirit Guides

    • Wear Chrysocolla earrings to expand your spiritual awareness

    • Gift Chrysocolla after a fight as a peace offering

    Lisa's personal experience with Chrysocolla

    I am very excited to write about my experience with Chrysocolla because it is one of my top three favorite crystals.

    I am attracted to Chrysocolla's rich and bold color. In 2010, I came to realize that of all my chakras, the fifth one seemed to have the most issues. You guessed right... that's the Throat Chakra. The Throat Chakra is associated with blue-green tones, and that is why Chrysocolla had been calling to me.

    I would most often be drawn to Chrysocolla crystal balls and eggs from Peru, which are sometimes hard to find as it is a pricier gemstone. I prefer the richer colors to the more subtle green variety. Gazing into a Chrysocolla ball often takes me to the Amazon forest because of its Earth colors and landscape picture patterns.

    African Chrysocolla of Congo opened up a whole new world to me. My favorites are the lustrous smooth semi-polished and semi-natural pieces that have been heavily coated to protect them from flaking apart. These glossy treasures feel good in my hand when I do calming exercises and gentle meditations.

    It was back in 2017 that I discovered Cuprite and Sonora Sunrise. This variety of Chrysocolla swiftly won my heart. There's something magical about cooling blue Chrysocolla occurring alongside fire-engine-red Cuprite. I like how the cool Water Element can work together alongside the hot Fire Element.

    Sonora Sunrise is usually found in jewelry. Whenever I am lucky enough to find it in sphere and egg forms, I swoop up the precious gemstone.

    chrysocolla heart and apache tear obsidians

    Sheila's personal experience with Chrysocolla

    Chrysocolla is the stone that saw me through my first breakup. Being my first breakup from a co-dependent relationship, it was a tough one! I remember crystal and clutching my cold Chrysocolla heart until it turned warm in my hand. 

    Along with Apache Tear Obsidians, this little Chrysocolla heart helped me process the emotions until I realized that I was free from a toxic situation.

    After a while of surrounding myself with these two grief-relieving stones, I was able to see the benefits of the breakup, heal my Heart chakra, and take the lessons I needed from the past into my future relationships. 

    I credit Chrysocolla for its extra good job because I have now enjoyed a healthy relationship for the past two decades. I always highly recommend this crystal to others going through the same situations and hope that it will balance their hearts as it did mine. 

    How do you identify a Chrysocolla stone?

    Chrysocolla is known and loved because of its lively blue-green colors. It looks similar to Turquoise.

    Chrysocolla can often be found growing with Azurite, Cuprite, Limonite, Malachite, Turquoise or Quartz crystals. Therefore, different varieties of Chrysocolla may not look alike.

    licking chrysocolla cluster

    How do you tell real vs fake Chrysocolla?

    The only way to know for sure if your Chrysocolla is real is to send it to a certified gemological laboratory. The next best way to determine if your Chrysocolla is real is to find a reputable seller who knows what they are selling you.

    If you do not have access to a gemological laboratory or reputable seller, here are some tips to follow to tell if your Chrysocolla is real: 

    • Real Chrysocolla is opaque. If it is mixed with Chalcedony you may see translucency, but the blue Chrysocolla itself should not be see-through. 

    • Real Chrysocolla feels sticky. It sucks up moisture because it is a hydrated copper phyllosilicate and feels tacky when wet. You can apply the mineral tongue test to make sure it feels sticky. 

    • Real Chrysocolla is very soft. Registering at a 2-4 (out of 10) on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, pure Chrysocolla is easily scratched by a fingernail or real copper. It can not scratch glass. Do note that Chrysocolla often grows with harder stones like Quartz which will not follow these hardness rules. 

    • Real Chrysocolla will crumble. Because of its softness, pure Chrysocolla is fragile. It could look like peeling paint when it is chipped off of its host rock.

    • Real Chrysocolla never forms crystals. You will find it in masses, veins, bubbles, and inclusions, but it will not form a naturally pointed crystal like Quartz. 

    • Real Chrysocolla has inclusions. It will have patterns and organic mineral spots within the blue and green stone. 

    • Real Chrysocolla is not dyed. However, when tested with acetone, a light tint of the actual mineral may rub off because of the stone's softness. 

    You can find more tips on the Crystal Identification Help.

    Is there fake Chrysocolla?

    Unfortunately, you may come across fake Chrysocolla. Because natural Chrysocolla's vibrant colors are so attractive, clueless or deceptive vendors may pass off cheaper dyed stones as Chrysocolla. 

    One of these fakes may be Chrysocolla Howlite. Howlite is a white stone with gray veins that is often dyed to imitate more valuable gemstones. Howlite dyes easily and has the veins to simulate organic patterns within the stone. 

    There are also suspicious pieces of contrasting Chrysocolla on Malachite coming out of China. These specimens are abundant in the gemstone market and are suspected to be natural Malachite clusters from Congo treated with some kind of chlorine coating to simulate blue Chrysocolla. Check out the findings in the Mineral Forum

    woman holding chrysocolla tumbled stones

    Is Chrysocolla the same as Turquoise?

    Chrysocolla is a secondary copper mineral with a blue-green color that often is mistaken for turquoise.

    The biggest difference is that Turquoise contains phosphorus. Plus, Turquoise often has vein patterns that are not usual in Chrysocolla.

    What gemstone is similar to Chrysocolla?

    Azurmalachite is a gemstone similar to Chrysocolla. Azurite and Malachite are close copper-based cousins to Chrysocolla. Azurite is a deep blue stone and Malachite is a green stone. Together they look like planet Earth, resembling the tones of blue-green Chrysocolla. 

    Do note that Azurite and Malachite grow organically together but there are also fakes found in the market where they are pressed together in resin to pass off as the real thing. 

    Is Phoenix Crystal a Chrysocolla?

    Phoenix Crystal is a marketing term for a Quartz stone with Turquoise, Malachite, and Chrysocolla inclusions. Some vendors claim this type of Quartz has additional inclusions of Ajoite, Copper, Dioptase, Shattuckite, and Hematite. Buyer beware!

    What is Eilat Stone?

    Eilat Stone is Israel's national stone and is a combination of Turquoise, Chrysocolla, Azurite, and Malachite. It can only be found in Eilat, a port city at the northern tip of the Red Sea.

    It is very rare and expensive. If you are offered a cheap Eilat Stone, beware! Eilat Stone does not stick to the tongue like Chrysocolla does. 

    malachite chrysocolla rough, egg, sphere

    Where is Chrysocolla Found?

    Chrysocolla can be found where there are large copper deposits. This includes African countries like Congo, South Africa, and Madagascar. Chrysocolla is available from the copper mines in Australia. Mexico, Peru, and the United States of America also produce Chrysocolla.

    Chrysocolla from Arizona USA is a medley of Chrysocolla, Turquoise, Lapis, Malachite, Jasper, and Quartz.

    How was Chyrosocolla named?

    Chrysocolla was named in Ancient Greece after the words chrysos for gold and kolla for glue. During this time, the stone was used as a soldering agent when working with gold. 

    What is Sonora Sunrise Chrysocolla?

    Sonora Sunrise is the trade name for the visually striking Blue-Green Chrysocolla and Red Cuprite stone embedded in Limestone. Although Sonora Sunrise is often referred to as Chrysocolla, the greenish area is usually composed of Bronchantite. 

    It originates from Sonora, Mexico, and is also known as Sonora Sunset or Cuprite Chrysocolla. 

    It is a rare mineral discovered in 2005 in Sonora, Mexico, and was named for the sunrises seen in this area. 

    cuprite chrysocolla polished stones

    What is Cuprite Chrysocolla?

    Whereas Sonora Sunrise comes only from Mexico and is usually Bronchantite instead of Chrysocolla, Cuprite Chrysocolla can be found worldwide. This is Chrysocolla with copper-red to bright red Cuprite inclusions. 

    Metaphysically, combining the energies of Chrysocolla and Cuprite, this stone puts self-awareness into action. It brings your heart's desires to fruition through physical motivation and spiritual manifestation.

    woman sitting in crystal layout with greyhound dog

    Magical Incantation of Chrysocolla

    This is a message from Chrysocolla from Doreen Virtue and Judith Lukomski's book "Crystal Therapy":

    "I arrived to help maintain human equilibrium during emotional eruptions. Joy is your natural state, yet there are times when sorrow prevails during the earthly experience. When you're confronted with emotional pain, I help you release feelings of separation and grief through meditation. With me, you sense refreshing reminders of God's loving support in unexpected ways. Feelings of sadness fade as I share new perspectives through heart-healing vibrational patterns. I'm a splendid companion, whether encased in silver or simply tumbled and held in a pocket, a reminder that all is perfect in the ever-flowing river of life."

    What are the mineral facts of Chrysocolla?

    Here are some facts about this amazing mineral. 

    • Chemical Formula: Cu₂H₂Si₂O₅(OH)₄

    • Mohs Scale of Hardness: 2-4 (maybe harder when formed with Chalcedony Quartz)

    • Surface Color: Blue, Green, Black, Brown

    • Streak Color (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): White to Blue-Green  

    • Group: Silicate

    • Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystal's structure): None

    • Fracture: Uneven

    • Tenacity: Brittle but Sectile (cuts smoothly into thin pieces)

    • Luster: Greasy, Glassy

    • Transparency: Opaque

    • Crystal System: Orthorhombic

    • Crystal Habit: Massive, Nodules, Botryoidal

    • Specific Gravity: 2.0-2.3

    Is Chrysocolla Natural?

    Yes, Chrysocolla is a naturally occurring stone. However, Chrysocolla is often stabilized with epoxies or acrylic resin because it can otherwise be too soft and chalky to handle.

    Stabilizing Chrysocolla allows the stone to become solid and hard enough for polishing. This is the ideal way to polish Chrysocolla for lapidary jewelry purposes, where it can be made into cabochons, pendants, rings, necklaces, and beads. It also comes in polished sphere, egg, and heart forms. 

    How do you care for Chrysocolla?

    Chrysocolla is a relatively soft stone. Depending if your Chrysocolla is stabilized or not, you want to keep it away from stones and materials harder than a 2-4 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness to prevent scratches. If it is stabilized with resins or growing naturally with another more stable stone like Chalcedony, will determine how carefully you should handle your piece. 

    Each piece of Chrysocolla varies in stability. To be safe, keep it out of prolonged direct sunshine and extreme temperatures. 

    You can clean Chrysocolla with a soft cloth. A quick rinse may be okay for stabilized Chrysocolla, however, do not leave it in prolonged water and take it off when showering. The water can get into the veins and weaken the structure of your stone. Humidity could also crack your Chrysocolla crystals.

    To retain the gloss on your polished Chrysocolla, keep it away from harsh chemicals. 

    If you are looking to metaphysically cleanse, charge, and program crystals, visit our Crystal Care guide.

    Can Chrysocolla get wet?

    If your Chrysocolla is stabilized, it can handle getting wet. However, pure Chrysocolla is a dehydrated mineral and can be very brittle. Keep it away from liquids and humidity to prevent cracking. 

    That being said, you don't want your Chrysocolla to be too dry as it could dehydrate further and crack.

    chrysocolla stone at throat chakra

    What chakra is Chrysocolla good for?

    Chrysocolla aligns with the Heart and Throat chakras. It is a heartbreak healer, helping those with a broken heart learn to love again. That makes Chrysocolla ideal for people who just lost a partner due to a breakup or a passing. It also draws in new love and opportunity.

    At the Throat chakra, Chrysocolla allows you to clearly express yourself and speak from the heart. 

    To learn more about crystals and your 7 chakras, visit the Chakra Guide.

    What does Chrysocolla mean in divination?

    Drawing Chrysocolla during a gemstone divination session means: You need to take a closer look at your actions. 

    Use Chrysocolla to become self-aware. Instead of blaming others, it will give you insight into how you can change your actions to better fit the situation. 

    Is Chrysocolla used in jewelry?

    You will find Chrysocolla used in jewelry but only after it has been stabilized or if it is growing with another more stable mineral like Chalcedony or Quartz. Once the Chrysocolla is stabilized, either by man or naturally with another stone, it can be made into beads, cabochons, donuts, amulets, and more. 

    Is it safe to wear Chrysocolla?

    Chrysocolla jewelry is perfectly safe to wear. If you are working with Chrysocolla for crystal healing or using it for adornment, there is nothing to worry about. 

    Is Chrysocolla dust toxic?

    Chrysocolla can be toxic if the powder is absorbed or inhaled in excess because of its copper content. We all have trace amounts of minerals in our bodies and that is healthy, but a large amount of copper in your body may be poisonous. You have handled copper pennies, copper pots, and other forms of copper for all of your life without problems. 

    That being said, use common sense and caution when dealing with raw Chrysocolla. Do not drink gem elixirs used from raw Chrysocolla.

    If you are working with Chrysocolla in lapidary practices like cutting stones or grinding them into powder, then you should use extra caution. Prolonged exposure to large amounts of Chrysocolla dust may impact your health. Check out Rock 'n Gem's article on a few simple precautions that can almost completely eliminate the threat of injury from most rock dust.

    chrysocolla bracelets and rings on hands

    Which hand do you wear a Chrysocolla bracelet on?

    Here at Satin Crystals, we believe you can wear your Chrysocolla bracelet on either hand. You can even stack several on both hands!

    However, if you are looking for a particular energy flow, check out the Ultimate Crystal Bracelet Guide and find out what it means to wear your Chrysocolla on your left vs right wrists. 

    chrysocolla stones and jewelry

    Where should I put Chrysocolla in my home?

    In the home, Chrysocolla should be kept in the place you decompress. Place it in the bedroom, bathroom, or meditation space to relax the mind from worries and everyday mayhem. 

    For Feng Shui energy, place Chrysocolla in your "Knowledge & Growth" bottom left corner of your space. 

    For more on placing crystals, visit How to Clear & Fill the Home with Crystals

    Ready to buy Chrysocolla?

    Chrysocolla is a positive addition to your crystal healing collection. Shop the Chrysocolla Collection at Satin Crystals or buy your favorite pieces right here:

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    Your Chrysocolla Journeys

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