Other Names

Alacamite, Remolinite, Peruvian Green Sand (when reduced to a powder)


Element: Earth
Zodiac: Aquarius
Chakra: Heart, Third Eye
Other Gems: Chrysocolla


Atacamite can be found in a variety of shades of green, although it usually appears as a rich dark green colour. The gemstone varies from transparent to translucent. It has a hardness rating of 3, meaning it it quite a soft gemstone.


Atacamite is quite a rare mineral, found in South Australia, West Africa and its namesake; the Atacama Desert in Chile. It can be formed as a result of oxidation of copper ores, especially in arid, saline conditions, and also as a volcanic product on the Vesuvian lavas.


Atacamite is said to aid the immune system and the thymus gland, as well as helping the kidneys to eliminate toxins.


Atacamite can be used to open the third eye chakra, allowing you to experience strong psychic visions. Its energy can also be helpful when meditating, allowing you greater focus and a better connection with your subconscious.

Although it is particularly useful when used with the third eye chakra, atacamite can be beneficial when used with any chakra. It can encourage confidence, enthusiasm and motivation when used with the heart chakra, and communication and self expression when used with the throat chakra.

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