ETYMOLOGY: "chalcos" (pronounced"kalkos") y "anthos", "stone flower".
CRYSTAL SYSTEM: Triclinic
PRINCIPLE OF FORMATION: Secondary.
MINERAL CLASS: Sulfates.
CHEMICAL FORMULA, MINERAL ELEMENTS: Cu2+SO4•5H2O
HARDNESS: 2.5 in the Mohs scale.
FIELDS: Spain, Chile, USA
MINERALOGY: Secondary mineral, product of alteration of chalcopyrite and other copper minerals by action of water. As it is a mineral very soluble in water, is why the main deposits are in arid zones of planet, forming crystals that cover the surface of other minerals.
MYTHOLOGY: It is extremely soluble in water. The calcanite is the gem that most names have put to the cities, which is why it appears in the Guinness Book of Records.
PROPERTIES: Blue minerals have a chilling and sedative effect, promote relaxation, sincerity and frankness, help you overcome fears and traumas, help you regain your spirits, help release external apprehensions and influences, help build strength and internal balance.
CHAKRAS: Brow and throat.
ZODIAC SIGN: Aquarius.
USES: Collection, meditation, in the manufacture of stacks and dyes, in the chemical field is used as an antiseptic, fertilizers for plants, pesticides, for the creation of synthetic rubber, wood preservative.
* Copper (II) sulfate crystals are bright blue and soluble in water and methanol. The method of cooling a solution has been used.
To do this, a saturated solution of copper (II) sulfate is prepared in hot water (about 24 g of sulfate in 50 mL of water). The solution is filtered and allowed to cool slightly. It is then poured into a beaker and left for a full day in a closed box. In addition, newspaper papers are cut out for greater insulation. The next day, one of the small crystals formed is chosen and reintroduced into new solutions, in which they will act as seeds: new crystals will grow on them. This process is repeated several times until the crystals are of the desired size (recrystallization).
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