Rare Sonora Sunrise Earrings Red Orange Green Black Stone Cabochon Wire Wrapped Jewelry


Rare Sonora Sunrise Earrings Red Orange Green Black Stone Cabochon Wire Wrapped Jewelry

sterling silver, sonora sunrise | earrings
These handmade, wire wrapped earrings are made with natural stone cabochons of Sonora Sunrise from Mexico. It has been mined out and therefore becoming more and more rare. The predominant colors in these are red, red orange and green.

Rarely do I use coated wire, but these stones and earrings called for black wire. The wire is a high quality coated copper wire suited well to earrings. Because these stones lacked very much black, which Sonora sunrise is often noted for, I used the colored wire. The contrast is beautiful. The earwires are hand forged sterling silver.

stone ---- 33x20mm
earrings ---- 2.34" / 59mm long (from the top of the earwire); .84" / 21mm wide


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 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. 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.


Chrysocolla is calming and soothing which helps to negate negative energy and to restore and promote serenity and tranquility. It helps with meditation and sensitivity.

Cuprite is a "woman's stone". It is useful for women's health issues including reproductive issues. It helps to achieve balance. It may be helpful in dealing with relationships with females and can be helpful for major life issues such as trauma and irrational fears.