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Historical Information

Cuprite was first described in 1845, and the name is derived from the Latin 'cuprum' meaning copper, a direct reference to Cuprite's rich Copper content.

Cuprite is found as crystals in Thuringia, in Tuscany, on the island of Elba, in Cornwall, Eng., at Chessy, France; and near Coquimbo, in Chile. In Chile, in Peru, and in Bolivia it exists in great masses. It is also found in the Urals in Russia.

In the United States it occurs at Cornwall, Lebanon Co., Penn. Cuprite is also found associated with the native copper from Lake Superior at Keweenaw Point, Mich.; at the copper mines in St. Genevieve Co., Mo.; Found in connection with the copper deposits in Arizona. Fine crystals come from Bisbee, and at other places in Arizona. The fibrous variety  is beautifully developed at Morenci in the same State. Cuprite is mined with- other copper compounds as an ore of copper.

Metaphysical Properties

Cuprite is believed to be helpful with reducing stress and worries which one has no control over. Historically it has been said that Cuprite can help heal one's paternal relationships. Mystic and traditional lore associates Cuprite with security, confidence, will power, mortality, and masculine energy. In addition to this, Cuprite can be used as an aid to recall and examine past life experiences.

Cuprite can activate, strengthen, and heal the base chakra, awakening kundalini and raising energy and vitality.  It encourages connection with and balancing of the energy of the feminine archetype. Cuprite is a stone of women’s mysteries and is a good ally when facing a major threshold or rite of passage. It is an excellent stone to assist with female reproductive issues and provides regulating and balancing qualities.

Cuprite is associated with kundalini energy as well as opening the flow of the base (root) chakra, the solar plexus chakra, and balancing the heart and base chakras. As a root chakra stone, it is considered very grounding and stabilizing. Cuprite is associated in traditional and mystical lore with will power, security, confidence, sexuality, mortality, and masculine energy. Mystically it is used to recall and examine past life experiences. It has been historically said to help heal one's relationship with their father.

Some lore said cuprite us the most powerful stone for enhancing the pranic life force in ones body and aura; stimulates the base chakra while providing a grounding effect on the total body, increase physical vitality and energy,  attract that which can satisfy ones physical needs. Cuprite is said to alleviate worries, especially those concerning situations over which one has no control.

Healing Properties

Traditional folklore and crystal healing lore purport that cuprite is helpful for healing problems with the thymus, heart, blood metabolism (especially imbalances), muscle tissue, skeletal system, oxygenation of the blood, stamina, kidneys, menstrual cramps, certigo, water retention, vitamin absorption, addictions and alcoholism.

Some say that Cuprite can physically aid bladder and kidney disorders, helpful in the treatment of vertigo and is used to eliminate altitude sickness. Use it to stimulate and balance the menses.

Cuprite is usually determined by its color and streak. It may easily be distinguished from other minerals possessing a red streak by the reaction for copper such as the production of a metal globule on charcoal, and the formation of cuprous chloride in concentrated hydrochloric acid solutions by the addition of water.

Moreover, Cuprite is softer than hematite and harder than reaglar, cinnabar and proustite. Easily fusible at 3, giving emerald-green flame, or, if moistened with hydrochloric acid and then heated, flame is azure-blue (test for copper).