Colla Wood is a rare blend of petrified wood and minerals that have infused the wood over time. These minerals are associated with copper deposits, and include chrysocolla, malachite, and azurite. In fact, the name Colla Wood comes from the chrysocolla that is found in this fossilized wood.
Colla Wood was found in 2012 in central Turkey near the town of Zile, by people who were prospecting for gold.
As the fossilized wood fractured, water containing copper-related minerals flowed through the fractures, leaving deposits with their distinctive colors. Some of the minerals are azurite with its deep blue color. Other minerals are malachite, with its deep green color. Still other minerals are chrysocolla, with its light blue coloration. Some of the surfaces are opalized, leaving a chatoyance that changes colors and brightness as your perspective changes.
From a metaphysical standpoint, Colla Wood is said to combine the properties of petrified wood with the properties of the other minerals that it contains. Petrified wood is said to have a grounding or calming effect. Azurite is said to promote mental clarity and enhance psychic powers. Malachite is said to promote abundance and prosperity. Chrysocolla is said to remove negativity and erase anxiety and fear. For those who are interested in the metaphysical properties of stones, jewelry made from these stones would be terrific for business people who are facing challenges in their work.
We have a number of cabochons of Colla Wood on our Heart of Stone Studio website, www.heartofstonestudio.com.