Origin: notably Mexico, U.S.A., DR Congo
Mineral Species: Chrysocolla
Mineral Group: Silicates
Chemical Formula: (Cu,Al)2H2Si2O5(OH)4.nH2O
Crystal System: Orthorhombic
Colour: Sky blue, turquoise, blue-green.
Typical Appearance: Typically found as glassy botryoidal or rounded masses or bubbly crusts, also massive.
Birthstone: Gemini, Virgo and Taurus
Chakra Alignment: All, particularly Heart, Throat and Root
Origin of Name & Mythology: The name was first used by Theophrastus in 315 B.C. and comes from the Greek chrysos, meaning "gold," and kolla, meaning "glue," in allusion to the name of the material used to solder gold.
Chrysocolla possesses a sense of profound calm, and encourages neutrality and clarity, so can be helpful when faced with difficult decisions or new phases in life. It bestows inner strength and endurance, and brings courage, especially for circumstances that involve public speaking and teaching, and helps us to speak our truth and wisdom with lucidity.
Naisha Ahsian calls it the ‘teaching stone’, due to its ability to help us speak our highest knowledge. In treatment, chrysocolla shares qualities of many other copper minerals, in that it is detoxifying and balancing, and supports and stimulates the immune system. It is one of the first minerals to choose when treating infections and illnesses affecting the sinus, throat, and lymphatic and upper respiratory systems. It also helps to balance thyroid function, and cleanses and clears the Solar Plexus and Sacral Chakras, releasing old held emotions such as anger and fear (in a similar way to larimar). Its energy tends to be earthy rather than ethereal, and clears through the legs and into the Earth.
Melody suggests using this spiritual earth connection to understand what is required for the Earth to heal itself. Examples with a crust of druze crystals can create a playful connection with nature spirits, enabling us to communicate with the Faery Realm.