Chrysocolla gemstone

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Physical properties of chrysocolla

Hardness: 2-4 out of 10 on the Mohs scale
Luster: glassy, waxy
Transparency: opaque, sometimes slightly translucent
Color: blue, cyan, green

Characteristics of chrysocolla

Chrysocolla (Elatian stone) is a fairly rare gemstone that has been used since ancient times as a substitute for turquoise.

Chrysocolla got its name from a combination of the Greek words chrysos and kolla, which can be translated as gold and glue, respectively (chrysocolla owes this name to the fact that, judging by historical data, in the old days it was used for soldering gold) .

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The color of chrysocolla can be from blue to almost black.

Chrysocolla, despite its rarity, has long been known to mankind. This precious stone was mined in the mines of King Solomon near the Gulf of Elat (hence the other name for the stone - Elat stone, although this name was used not only for a pure mineral, but also for a rock with chrysocolla veins).

Rings, earrings, pendants were decorated with chrysocolla, amulets and talismans were made from this stone.

How much does chrysocolla cost

The most expensive chrysocolla is blue-blue with rare black patches. Occurs rarely. Beads from such chrysocolla will cost $100 - $120. The composition is similar to turquoise and is often used as a substitute for turquoise.

The most common is chrysocolla with a blue-green pattern. Estimated up to a maximum of $90 per beads. It is similar to azurmalachite, but does not have even ring patterns and stripes.

The cheapest chrysocolla is green-yellow or green with black patches. Mainly used for carvings. Price - up to $70 per item. It looks a bit like green turquoise.

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