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Chrysocolla & Amethyst Necklace 001

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Product Description

This necklace is made with jade green Chrysocolla stones and deep purple Amethyst stones as accents. The stones measure roughly 12mm by 10mm and I used PMC Paper Clay for the bezel settings and traditional chain mail techniques to join each bezel so the necklace bends and moves freely. The necklace measures 18 inches in length but is adjustable up to 21 inches.

History and Introduction

Chrysocolla is a gemstone-quality hydrous copper silicate, often forming with copper salts, iron and manganese oxides. It is especially prized for its attractive colors and unique multicolored patterns. Chrysocolla belongs to a very small group of copper-bearing gems, which also includes malachite, azurite, larimar, Oregon sunstone, Paraiba tourmaline and turquoise. Chrysocolla is most famous for its alluring, vivid blue to green cyan color, which is owed to the presence of copper impurities. Although chrysocolla may be a 'lesser known' gemstone, it is still a very fascinating stone that is highly sought-after by many avid gem and mineral enthusiasts. The name 'chrysocolla' was derived from the Greek words 'chrysos' and 'kolla' which translate as 'gold' and 'glue'. It earned its name because it was often used as a gold soldering agent, but eventually, the term evolved into a generic reference to any green copper-bearing mineral.


Chrysocolla is known to form in oxidation zones of copper ore bodies and is a considered a minor ore for the mineral copper. Pure chrysocolla gemstones are rare. Chrysocolla often forms with other copper-bearing minerals, which results in gemstones with interesting and unique mixes of colors and mottled patterns. Some of the more common mineral mixtures include azurite (which chrysocolla often pseudomorphs with), malachite and turquoise. Chrysocolla may also form with clear druzy layers of glossy quartz, essentially forming a natural doublet. In many cases, quartz crystal may actually be intergrown with the stone and not just as druzy layers. These quartz-hybrid mixtures are harder and much more durable than pure chrysocolla, often rendering them suitable enough for jewelry use.


Metaphysical Properties

In 315 B.C., chrysocolla was first used by a Greek philosopher and botanist known as Theophrastus. During early times, chrysocolla was used as a soldering agent and in ancient Egypt, it was widely known as the 'wise stone' as it was thought to be able to shield the mind during times of negotiation. Chrysocolla is also believed to be able to reduce violent actions and to increase sensitivity, which is why Cleopatra was known to have worn chrysocolla jewelry. Chrysocolla is known among Native Americans for its ability to strengthen resistance and promote feelings of calmness in place of emotional turmoil.


Traditionally, chrysocolla is a stone of peace, said to alleviate fear, guilt and nervous tension. It is thought to crystallize feelings of love, acceptance and tolerance. Chrysocolla is favored by many singers and musicians. Physically, chrysocolla is thought to help in alleviating cramps, throat infections, ulcers and the symptoms of arthritis. It is also thought to aid liver detoxification. Chrysocolla is a stone of Cancer and associated with the element of water. It is very cleansing and it is said to absorb negativity. It can help flush and heal heart blockages, and is beneficial to the heart chakra, although it can be used for all of the chakras.


Jewelry Care and Cleaning

Chrysocolla is a rather soft gemstone, so extra care should always be taken to retain its attractive polish. It can be easily scratched by other gems and jewelry, so it should be worn and cleaned separately. When cleaning chrysocolla gemstones, simply use a soft cloth or brush and plain soapy water. Do not use any ultrasonic cleaners or steamers and avoid the use of any harsh household chemicals, such as bleach or sulfuric acid. To prevent permanent damage to the color of your stones, avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight and excessive heat.


Chrysocolla gemstones and jewelry should always be stored separately from other gems and jewelry. When storing your chrysocolla, it is best to wrap your stones individually using a soft cloth, or place them inside a fabric-lined jewelry box for added protection. Always be sure to remove any jewelry before playing sports, exercising or performing any vigorous household chores.


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