CHRYSOCOLLA SPHERE 1
A beautiful Chrysocolla Sphere 1. Hard to come by pale blue green colour with good size. Associated with Malachite and Copper ore. Comes with a low profile hematite ring stand. Check out the stunning pics and video of this individual sphere on this page.
5.1cm diameter, 147g.
Hydrated Copper Cyclosilicate
Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O.
The name was first used in 315 B.C. by Theophrastus. The name comes from the Greek chrysos, meaning “gold,” and kolla, meaning “glue,” in allusion to the name of the material used to solder gold. André-Jean-François-Marie Brochant de Villiers revived the name in 1808. Chrysocolla forms in the oxidation zones of copper rich ore bodies.
An attractive blue-green that provides a unique colour to the mineral world. 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. At higher temperatures it does demonstrate a distorted crystal composed of Si4 O10 sheets. Chrysocolla forms in the oxidation zones of copper rich ore bodies.
Pure Chrysocolla is soft and fragile and therefore not appropriate for use in jewelry. Chrysocolla is often agatised in chalcedony quartz. It is the quartz that provides the stone with its polish and durability. Druzy Chrysocolla is agatized with a crust of sparkling quartz crystals. A skilled craftsman can produce a lovely and valuable piece of jewellery from swirls of Chrysocolla and sparkles of druzy quartz. Chrysocolla can have a turquoise color and be used as a fraudulent substitute for the more precious stone.
Colour is a unique green-blue but can vary widely from more blue to more green, often in the same specimen.
Luster is earthy to dull or vitreous and waxy.
Transparency specimens are translucent to opaque.
Crystal System is probably monoclinic or orthorhombic.
Growth Habits include mostly massive forms that can be crusts, stalachtites and botryoidal. Also as inclusions in other minerals such as quartz.
Cleavage is absent.
Fracture is conchoidal.
Hardness is variable from 2 to 4.
Specific Gravity is approximately 2.0 – 2.3 (very light)
Streak is white to blue-green.
Associated Minerals are 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; Isreal; Zaire and England.
Best Field Indicators are lack of crystals, color, fracture, low density and softness.
Chrysocolla assists in dispersing negative energy, cleansing and promoting inner peace. Assists with creative inspiration and boosts confidence. Good for use during change especially involving break ups or other unexpected loss. Calming and uplifting. Aligns the chakras.