Boytroidal Chrysocolla on Malachite from Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo.
High-Quality Chrysocolla exhibits bright blue, turquoise colors. Those are the most sought-after specimens of Chrysocolla. The color is caused by the presence of copper in the mineral composition of the gemstone when forming.
Take care to check if Chrysocolla you purchase is dyed as there are quite a few Howlite dyed to Blue and Green on the market! There is no straightforward way of determining if the Chrysocolla is dyed but generally having only blue and green colors and no browns is one of the signs of it being dyed. Taking a close look at the Malachite in this piece, you can see the distinctive swirls and bands of Malachite, and the texture of genuine Malachite is very smooth as opposed to 'foamy' or 'airy'. Additionally, take a look at the cracks on the piece. If it is dyed, there will be a build-up of color within the cracks. Lastly, if the crystal is dyed, it will also fade in color or the color will run after wiping with alcohol.
Chrysocolla Malachite commonly forms together as they are both copper stones, and exhibit the properties of both stones. Generally it is a very calming and tranquil stone, that helps one retain wisdom and pass on knowledge to others.
Chrysocolla is the stone of hermits and monks. It diminishes anxiety and depression that one may have in seclusion. It also improves communication and encourages self-awareness. Chrysocolla draws out guilt, heals heartache and increases the capacity to love.
Women, especially older wise women, may carry this stone to express their knowledge and experience through artistic endeavours such as writing, painting, music, etc. Gift this stone to first-time mothers, grand-mothers to help them balance their new caring role with their own need for freedom and independence.
As it helps with seclusion, Chrysocolla is a great stone for those who live alone.
If you're learning a new musical instrument, have this stone as it is the symbol of musicians.
Chrysocolla also helps with wisdom. It is about using one's own experiences to teach and guide others.
Malachite helps you battle against depression or anxiety and helps you break negative patterns of behaviour. It is a very protective and supportive stone that helps you overcome challenges or unforseen circumstances.
It is known that if you speak your fears aloud while you hold the crystal, and then leave Malachite at a sheltered place outdoors overnight, your fears will be carried away by the wind.
Note: Malachite is toxic, do take care to wash your hands after handling this stone.