Skip to content


Your cart is empty

Article: Chrysocolla



  • Name derived from Ancient Greek words for gold and glue
  • Coined by Theophrastus in 315BC
  • Allusion to material used to solder gold


  • Cyan (blue-green) color
  • Minor ore of copper
  • Hardness ranges from 2.5 to 7.0
  • Forms in oxidation zones of copper ore bodies
  • Associated with quartz, limonite, azurite, malachite, cuprite, and other copper minerals


  • Popular gemstone for carvings and ornamental use since antiquity
  • Used in silversmithing and goldsmithing
  • Wide range of Mohs hardness, depending on silica content
  • Dark navy blue variety too soft for jewelry
  • Cyan, green, and blue-green varieties suitable for jewelry


  • Stalactitic growths and thin carpet in vugs from San Simon Mine, Chile
  • Banded white to blue-green specimen from Bisbee, Arizona
  • Chrysocolla and silver bolo tie from Kennecot Copper Mine, Utah
  • Brochantite and chrysocolla from Rokana Mine, Zambian Copperbelt

Related Topic

  • Chrysocolla (gold-solder)

Chrysocolla Data Sources

Reference URL
Knowledge Graph

Read more


Chrysoberyl Properties and Varieties Chemical formula: 4.BA.05 Mohs hardness: 8.5 Luster: Vitreous Streak color: White Specific gravity: 3.5-3.84 Three main varieties: ordinary yellow-to-green chry...

Read more

Child labour in the diamond industry

Child labour in the diamond industry Child labour is a widely reported and criticized issue in the diamond industry. Children work in diamond mines and polishing procedures in poor conditions. Chi...

Read more