This colorful and gorgeous handmade wire wrapped pendant is made with a natural rare Sonora Sunrise cabochon from Sonora Mexico. It is mined out now. This particular cab is from the very early days of it being mined. It is quite hard and took a very good polish. It doesn't get much better with the three colors- (red cuprite, blue chrysocolla, black tenorite). This is a big cabochon and one that will get a lot of attention.
I made this pendant with solid sterling silver (not filled, plated or coated). This is a big stone, but the wrap is very secure. I added a woven bail with sterling silver diamond cut beads woven into it for some added sparkle.
stone ---- 52x28mm 12.2 grams 60 cts
pendant ---- 2.55" / 65mm long; 1.30" / 33mm wide
bail ---- 5 mm
This does not include a chain or cord.
You can purchase one here.
More about Sonora Sunrise:
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.
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 supply decreases, with resulting higher prices- especially for the better material. There are fakes out there and the problem will continue to increase as supply goes down. Always buy from a reputable dealer.
Though Sonora Sunrise is a relatively soft stone, it can be cabbed and polished to great effect with some effort.