Sonora Sunrise

I've been up to a whole lot of... learning Windows 10. I got a new laptop since the old 7 was starting to get glitchy. What a nightmare! I have had nothing but problems. However, they seem to dying down and I'm thinking that a large update ran for about a day in the background causing amazing problems. Even my mouse was acting up! Everything that could go wrong- did.

 

I found out, too, that all of my pictures look different on this new monitor. What I thought were white backgrounds were a shade of ugly gray or worse. On my old monitor, they looked white! Just goes to show you how difficult it is to represent products across different monitors. I try as hard as humanly possible to get good accurate pictures. But, if the monitor one is using is off- my care makes no difference in the world.

 

My dear husband works with a man who is in a motorcycle group raising money for a young cancer victim. I volunteered to do something for their latest fund raiser- an auction. The colors of their patch are similar to Sonora Sunrise, so I cabbed a couple to choose from.

Sonora Sunrise with green Conichalcite

Sonora Sunrise with green Conichalcite

Sonora Sunrise with metallic looking red

Sonora Sunrise with metallic looking red

Sonora Sunrise with Chrysocolla, Tenorite and Cuprite

Sonora Sunrise with Chrysocolla, Tenorite and Cuprite

I chose the last one to use. I love sonora sunrise in all its variations, but the last one is more fitting as a match for their patch. Here's another one that I find amazingly beautiful with crimson red on orange red.

 

Sonora Sunrise, which is sometimes erroneously called a jasper, comes from the Millpillas Copper Mine in Sonora Mexico. Because of the greenish and red color mixture, it is sometimes called the Christmas stone, but Sonora Sunrise is the trademarked name for the stone found only in the Millpillas Mine. It contains a natural mixture of the copper minerals turquoise blue-green chrysocolla, red orange cuprite and black tenorite. Rarely, it may also contain green brochantite and conichalcite.

 

Sonora Sunrise is a relatively new find (2006) and, unlike a lot of copper yielding stone, it is found deep in the mine and bears an associated difficulty in mining. It has never been very plentiful and there are continuing reports that it has been mined out. The initial estimates were for a mere 10-11 year mine run and indications are that it fell short of even that. It's popularity continues to grow as suppy decreases, with resulting higher prices- especially for the better material. There are fakes out there and the problem will continue to increase as suppy goes down.

 
Sonora Sunrise Red Cuprite

Sonora Sunrise Red Cuprite

 

I'm going to tell you more about this fund raiser later, after I finish the pendant. I have some more things in the tumbler to share later, too. In the meantime, here are some more cabs I finished:

Royal Imperial Jasper Eye

Royal Imperial Jasper Eye

Bloodstone

Bloodstone

amazonite

Amazonite

royal imperial jasper

Royal Imperial Jasper