Gemstone of the Month: Chrysocolla

December 07, 2016 Allison Bray

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This lesser-known gem is a copper mineral mix that occurs naturally in the most beautiful shade of turquoise. It’s found all over the world, including the United States, Chile, Israel, Indonesia and our very own Cornwall!

Chrysocolla was named by the Ancient Greeks. ‘Chrysos Kolla’ means gold glue, and the gem was thus named because it was originally used by the ‘Father of Botany’ Theophrastus to solder gold.

For those of you who are interested in the gem’s less (ahem) practical uses… there’s some fantastic mythology about Chrysocolla. It’s serene colour is believed to discharge negative energy, aid communication and encourage compassion. It’s also said to be a stone of both the goddess and wise women. The Ancient Egyptians believed that chrysocolla jewellery would help the wearer come up with clever compromises, especially when an impasse in negotiations had been reached.

Who knows, perhaps wearing jewellery made from Chrysocolla will enable us to embrace our inner wise goddess?!

Worn best with… 

Despite it’s historic title, we happen to love the cool look of Chrysocolla paired with silver, platinum or white gold. Saying that, some Chrysocolla gems have a slight copperish sheen to them, which is enhanced when the gem is set in gold. 

Best suited to… 

The chrysocolla turquoise is most definitely a statement shade. Because of this, we think the gem is ideally suited for creating statement jewellery. Go on, wear it loud and proud!

Famous Chrysocolla… 

The Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Cleopatra is known to have been a fan of Chrysocolla jewellery, presumably due to the belief that it was a wise stone and its reputation for promoting compromise. Some historical sources claim that she wore it everywhere she went. 

More inspiration…

Chrysocolla Leaf Studs | Chrysocolla Cufflinks | Chrysocolla Studs Large Triangles | Chrysocolla Studs Oval | Chrysocolla Studs Small Triangular | Chrysocolla Studs Square | Medium Chrysocolla Silk Scarf | Large Chrysocolla Silk Scarf

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