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Chrysocolla bead strands£7.50
Chrysocolla Cabochons£1.10 – £12.00
Chrysocolla Specimens£1.55 – £5.95
Chrysocolla Tumblestones£1.00 – £1.95
Appearance, Uses and History
Chrysocolla is primarily used as an ore of Copper, but its bright colours have attracted jewellers since antiquity. As it is relatively affordable and significantly more available than Turquoise, it is often used as a replacement.
The name Chrysocolla comes from the ancient Greek χρυσός (chrysos) and κολλα (kolla), meaning “gold glue”, as it was used to solder Gold pieces by ancient Greek jewellers.
There are a great many polished pieces of Chrysocolla available, but personally I find the natural botryoidal mineral specimens most interesting.
Chrysocolla can be found in many locations around the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Czechia, Congo, France, Greece, Iran, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Russia, Spain, and the USA.
Photos of Chrysocolla
Please note, it is very common for Chrysocolla to occur alongside other Copper minerals including Malachite and Shattuckite; there may be more than one mineral in these photos.
Hazards and Warnings
Chrysocolla dust can be quite toxic and should not be inhaled or left on the skin.
Almost all rocks, minerals (and, frankly, almost all other substances on earth) can produce toxic dust when cutting, which can cause serious respiratory conditions including silicosis.
When cutting or polishing rocks, minerals, shells, etc, all work should be done wet to minimise the dust, and a suitable respirator or extraction system should be used.
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