History of Chrysocolla
Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher and botanist, first used the name Chrysocolla to describe the stone in 315 B.C. The word was derived from the Greek words chrysos, meaning gold, and kola, meaning glue. Goldsmiths employed Chrysocolla from the earliest times as an ingredient for solder, called santerna by the Romans, to weld gold pieces together.
This fancy gemstone has indeed inspired creativity in many artists, whether they were ancient goldsmiths using it as solder. Renaissance painters grinding it as pigment for paint. This stone lends itself well to opulence.
Nero was a Roman Emperor and well-known patron of the green faction of ancient Rome. These ancient factions were split into four colors: red, white, blue and green and were elite clubs that people felt loyalty to above all others. They would have many competitions, such as chariot races, and would do anything to ensure that their club would win and be proven superior. The green faction was the most dominant club, so when Nero was to take part in a race as a charioteer, he dusted the circus arena with ground green chrysocolla powder instead of using the customary sand.
Chrysocolla can be found wherever large copper deposits occur, such as Africa, Mexico and the U.S. state of Arizona.
The mottled blue and green varieties of chrysocolla come from Arizona, California, New Jersey, Michigan, New Mexico, Utah, and Pennsylvania. Large deposits are also found in Wanlockhead, Dumfries and Galloway Scotland; Chihuahua in Mexico; South Australia, Australia; Alsace, France, various locations in Israel and Chile, and in the Shaba province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Physical Healing Energy
This stone’s calming effect helps with nervous disorders, such as anxiety and depression, feelings of guilt, and hyperkinetic movement. It is also a beneficial stone for women by reducing menstrual pain, and is conducive to happy pregnancies by relieving the anxieties of first-time mothers.
Chrysocolla assists in the regulation of the thyroid and adrenals. It is excellent for sore throats, laryngitis and for support of the larynx in general. It is also beneficial for high blood pressure, blood sugar levels, diabetes – particularly Type 2, and blood disorders and problems of the lungs. Chrysocolla aids digestion, and treats problems associated with hip joints and hip replacement, arthritis, and rheumatism. It strengthens muscles and alleviates muscle cramps, and helps with infections, fever, burns and scars.
Emotional Healing Energy
On an emotional level, Chrysocolla teaches the value of both expression and the virtue of keeping silent. One can speak and say nothing, or remain silent and speak volumes. This stone’s soothing energy dispels highly charged emotional situations, angry words or fear-filled sarcasm, to allow one’s truth to be shared with wisdom and true communication. It opens bottled emotions that block the mind from thinking clearly and stimulates balance and wholeness.
Chakra Healing and Balancing Energy
Chrysocolla is powerful for opening and stimulating the Throat Chakra, allowing one to channel the loving knowledge of the heart to others. It allows for clear communication of one’s innate inner wisdom, even discerning what that wisdom may be. The surprise of hearing oneself speak aloud a thought more profound than what one had in mind demonstrates this gift of expression. The Throat Chakra is the voice of the body, a pressure valve that allows the energy from the other chakras to be expressed. If it is blocked or out of balance, it can affect the health of the other chakras.
In balance, it allows for the expression of what we think and what we feel. We can communicate our ideas, beliefs, and emotions. When the throat chakra is in balance and open, we can bring our personal truth out into the world. We have an easy flow of energy within the body and spirit. The energy that springs upward from the lower chakras can continue its path enabling free expression and natural release.
Also aligning with the Heart Chakra, Chrysocolla calms and helps ease emotional heartache, providing strength and balance. It further increases the capacity to love.
Chrysocolla stimulates the initiative qualities of one’s character to release the distress of negative emotions and further the understanding of others. By accepting the perfection of the universe, it provides insights necessary to help re-align the physical body, intellect and emotions. This self-awareness and inner balance imparts confidence and enhances personal power. It helps one attune to the Earth and communicate with its spiritual forces, providing direction to do what is required to help the Earth heal itself.
Light blue Chrysocolla is the color of shallow pools of water reflecting the sky as winter gives way to spring. Its color ray helps us reflect on, question, and relax in our acceptance of the life we have. Light blue talismans help us develop patience, reconcile differences, or seek forgiveness. They’re excellent for recovery efforts from addictions or destructive patterns, aid in curbing tempers, and help us become more dependable and cheerful.
Chrysocolla is known as a stone of stability and tranquility. It is therefore a popular companion of those who seek inner peace, inner feng shui, and inner spirituality. Either carry it with you to place it in a common area where family member gather. If you want to strengthen the loving communication between you and the people you love, place a piece of Chrysocolla on your throat or breastbone.
Sign Date Birthstones
Libra (September 23 - October 22) symbolizing "resurrection and rebirth.
During the Middle-Ages, the chrysocolla stone was mainly used for its medicine properties. It was thought that it could cure ulcers and stomach aches.
During the Renaissance period, the chrysocolla was used as a pigment to make painting.
In ancient Egypt, it was called the "wise stone" because it shielded and encouraged the mind during negotiations. Those who wore it generally came up with clever compromises and resolutions. This stone also has the ability to help people who are violent to become more sensitive and tolerant which is why, as an ambassador, Cleopatra wore chrysocolla jewelry everywhere she went.