Mineral Information

Origin: Atacama region, Chile, Australia

Mineral Species: Atacamite

Mineral Group: Halides

Chemical Formula: Cu2Cl(OH)3

Hardness: 3-3.5

Crystal System: Orthorhombic

Colour: Bright green, dark emerald-green to blackish green

Typical Appearance: Slender prismatic crystals, often radiating.

Esoteric Information

Birthstone: No known astrological sign

Chakra Alignment: Heart and Upper Heart

Element: Water

Origin of Name & Mythology: Named after the type locality, in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile.

Additional Information

Atacamite is similar in chemical composition to malachite, and shares many of its characteristics. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, drawing off heat and relieving pain, especially in the case of joint pain from osteoarthritis, muscle strain, and period and labour pains, and even tends to work a little more quickly than malachite. Atacamite generally calms and releases fear, balances emotions, hormones, and the endocrine system, and can also be used to quiet an overactive Third Eye. It aligns with the Kidney Meridian in Chinese Medicine, and supports and balances kidney function and fluid homeostasis, and can be helpful in treating oedema.