Chrysocolla

Chrysocolla in history

Name of chrysocolla comes from two Greek words chrysose and kolla, which mean gold and glue. No wonder, since in ancient Greek this mineral was used as a binder to join gold. Ancient Rome was divided into factions corresponding to the colors red, white, blue and green. These were elite clubs that competed with each other in chariot races and other challenges. The patron of the green faction was the famous emperor Nero, who, when he participated in the race as a coachman, ordered the arena to be sprinkled with powdered chrysocolla to emphasize the dominance of his faction. Later, during the Renaissance, chrysocolla was ground to make a beautiful pigment used in painting.

Properties of chrysocolla

Chrysocolla is a blue-green, cyan-colored mineral. It is often compared to turquoise or malachite, and it owes it to the copper compounds contained in its structure. Some specimens of chrysocolla are black or brown, and there are also yellow stones, which are very rare. These different colors are the result of contamination with some metal oxides and quartz.

The hardness of chrysocolla is very diverse and is determined between 2.5 and 7 on the Mohs scale. This means that some stones may be very brittle, while others will have a durability similar to that of other ornamental stones. The stone is opaque, and polished, it reflects light in a way similar to howlite and turquoise.

Chrysocolla jewelry findings and jewelry

In our store you will find chrysocolla beads in various sizes. They are ideal for creating anklets and bracelets, as well as necklaces and earrings. They blend in perfectly with other decorative stones, as well as with wood, leather and strings. Due to the mosaic-like arrangement of colors, chrysocolla goes well with both silver and gold-colored accessories. 

Jewelry and chrysocolla beads should be stored in a dry place in a separate package or bag. Its surface may be scratched if you put it in one package with other products. If your minerals get dirty, just clean them with a soft cloth using mild soap and warm water. Remember to dry the stones thoroughly after washing!