Chrysokoll means “gold glue” (girech. chrysos=gold, kolla=glue). However, the exact origin of the name is uncertain. Synonyms for this stone are abundant: Atlas ore, Dillenburgite, Grünspan, Malachite pebble, Resanit. The chrysocollum is always secondary to the action of silica-containing ground water and leachate on copper-containing rock. Like azurite or malachite, it is one of the leading minerals of the oxidation zones of copper ore deposits, i.e. its occurrence indicates the copper content of the rock.
Chrysokoll deposits can be found in Arizona/USA, Mexico, Peru, Congo and Namibia as well as Zambia. In Peru and Zaire there are often beautiful waxes with malachite and from Israel comes the rare Eilatstein, a chrysocolla that has grown together with azurite, turquoise and malachite.