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Chrysocolla-Malachite

Chrysocolla-Malachite is one of the most beautiful and colorful semi precious gemstone materials around!  Chrysocolla, a copper silicate, blends well with Malachite, a copper carbonate. This colorful gemstone cabochon material is found in the oxidation zone of major copper deposits. All of our material comes from Arizona. Most of it came from the Bagdad Copper mine-which has gone through the oxide zones and suffered a major pit failure-so it will most likely never again produce this beautiful material!

Chrysocolla-Malachite is fragile and is usually stabilized before cutting into cabochons or cut with a hardening resin. It is about a 3-4 on the Moh's scale and care must be taken when wearing or cleaning your cabochons.

Chrysocolla is known as a healing stone among Native American Indian cultures where it was used for strengthening the body's resistance and bringing about calm feelings where there is upset.

Chrysocolla is named from the Greek chrysos - "gold" and kolla - "glue" in allusion to the name of the material used to solder gold. Malachite is named for the Greek word for "mallow", a green herb.

Metaphysical Properties: Chrysocolla is associated with serenity, tranquility, peace, patience, tolerance, acceptance, unconditional love, calmness, hope gentleness and sensitivity. Malachite is said to assist you in changing situations.