Iron Chrysocolla gemstone cabochons natural gemstone 18cts 23*16mm
Iron Chrysocolla is a gemstone quality hydrous copper silicate, often forming with copper salts, iron and manganese oxides.Iron Chrysocolla is known to form in oxidation zones of copper ore bodies and is actually considered a minor ore for the mineral copper. Although Iron Chrysocolla may be a 'lesser known' gemstone, it is still a very fascinating stone that is highly sought-after by many avid gem and mineral enthusiasts. Iron Chrysocolla is especially prized for its attractive colors and unique multicolored patterns. The name 'chrysocolla' was derived from the Greek words 'chrysos' and 'kolla' which translate as 'gold' and 'glue'. It earned its name because it was often used as a gold soldering agent, but eventually, the term evolved into a generic name essentially referring to any green copper-bearing mineral.
Iron Chrysocolla belongs to a very small group of copper-bearing gems which also includes malachite, azurite, Larimar, Oregon sunstone, Paraiba tourmaline and turquoise. Iron Chrysocolla is most famous for its alluring, vivid blue to green cyan color, which is owed to the presence of copper impurities. Iron Chrysocolla is often confused with turquoise and azurite, owing to their shared visual similarities of color and luster.Iron Chrysocolla commonly forms with other copper-bearing minerals, which results in very interesting and unique mixes of different colors and mottled patterns. Some of the more common mineral mixtures include blue azurite (which chrysocolla often psuedomorphs with), green malachite and turquoise. Iron Chrysocolla may also form with clear druzy layers of glossy quartz, essentially forming a natural doublet. In many cases, quartz crystal may actually be intergrown with the stone and not just as druzy layers. These quartz-hybrid mixtures are harder and much more durable than pure Iron Chrysocolla, often rendering them suitable enough for jewelry use.
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