Cuprite Specimen Boxed

Cuprite Specimen Boxed

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Cuprite symbolizes fundamental needs, nourishment, and reassurance. The cuprite spiritual meaning has also been interpreted to represent strength, vigor, and motivation.

Within metaphysical practices, cuprite belongs to the earth element. Different interpretations take this to mean cuprite is associated with Mother Earth and shamanism. In the ancient energy balancing art of Feng Shui, earth stones tie to security, intellect, and family. 


The name “cuprite” derives from the Latin cuprum, meaning “copper.” Austrian mineralogist Wilhelm Karl Ritter von Haidinger (or simply Wilhelm Haidinger) chose the name in 1845.

Before Haidinger chose the name that stuck, former names for cuprite included:

  • Ruberite

  • Octahedral Copper / Octahedral Copper Ore

  • Red Copper / Red Glassy Copper Ore

  • Oxydulated Copper

  • Hydrocuprite

Uses for cuprite go back thousands of years. Archeological records show that cuprite has been used to give glass a red color, creating the product called ruby glass, since the 2,000 to 1,000 BC.

Shifting to the modern era, cuprite has become exceedingly rare. The best gem-quality specimens came from Namibia in the 1970s. 

Physical Healing

Some purported benefits of cuprite include treating:

  • Kidney dysfunction

  • Bladder problems

  • Vertigo

  • Motion sickness

  • Reproductive issues

  • Oxidative stress

 Like its spiritual meaning and associations, cuprite’s physical properties revolve around increasing physical energy and stamina. The stone is believed to promote longevity and physical health overall.

Emotional Healing

On the emotional side, cuprite is said to do wonders for the brain. It’s believed to make you more analytical, intelligent, and creative. 

The cuprite crystal can also dispel melancholy, bring calm during emotional hardship, and help you overcome irrational anxieties by nourishing your spirit with feelings of support and safety. 

Chakra Healing

Balancing chakras is an ancient art of identifying negative symptoms, figuring out which chakra (energy center) the symptoms are tied to, and opening the chakra to resolve the symptoms.

Cuprite is for the root (or base) chakra, which governs fundamental needs like security, grounding, and connection. When it’s blocked, you sense danger at all times or may even feel yourself drifting from reality. Using cuprite, you can open the chakra to ground yourself and feel connected to family or loved ones. 


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