About Cuprite

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  • Mineralogy and geology*
  • Metaphysical, Spiritual and Healing** Properties***
  • Common Associations

Mineralogy and Geology of Cuprite

Mineral formula: Cu2O

Crystal system: isometric

Crystal habit: Crystals octahedral or cubic, rarely dodecahedral, sometimes highly modified. In the variety chalcotrichite the crystals are greatly elongated into capillary shapes.

Cleavage: imperfect on {111}

Fracture: conchoidal

Color: dark red to cochineal red, sometimes almost black.

Luster: adamantine, sub-metallic, earthy

Diaphaneity: transparent to translucent

Moh’s scale hardness: 3 ½ - 4

Streak: shining metallic brownish-red

Specific gravity: 6.14

Named after:  the Latin "cuprum," in allusion to its composition in 1845 by Wilhelm Karl von Haidinger The mineral had been known under a variety of names until Haidinger renamed it.

Geological occurrence: Cuprite is commonly found as an oxidation product of copper sulfides in the upper zones of veins, often associated with native copper, malachite, azurite, limonite and chalcocite.

Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Cuprite has an earthy, grounding energy, stimulating the base chakra while grounding the whole body. It enhances physical vitality, energy, and the will to survive; it is said to attract that which can satisfy one’s physical needs. This also provides relief from some kinds of worry and stress.

Common Associations

  • Chakra – base (root)
  • Numerology –vibrates to the number 2.
  • Zodiac – Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus
  • Birthstone – no traditional associations
  • Wedding Anniversary – copper, along with wool, are the traditional 7th wedding anniversary gifts


* Mineralogical information is from mindat.org

** Always consult with your medical professional for any physical or long-term healing issues.

*** Metaphysical properties come from: 

Love Is in the Earth (1995) Melody, Earth-Love Publishing House, 726 pp.