An impressive rough piece of chrysocolla picked up during one of our many trips to South Africa. Although the stone has a dull lustre, due to it being so soft it has been protected with a fine coat of resin. This gives it a slightly lustrous appearance in certain light.
Chrysocolla can be found in a small number of locations worldwide including England but only in Cornwall.
Although widely used for decorative purposes chrysocolla is both soft and fragile. On Mohs scale of mineral hardness pure chrysocolla grades 2.5 to 3.5. It's often associated with other copper minerals including turquoise, malachite, azurite and quartz.
Ideally chrysocolla should be handled as little as possible.