Sonora Sunrise Earrings Sterling Silver


Sonora Sunrise Earrings Sterling Silver

medium | sonora sunrise, sterling silver | earrings
These handmade, wire wrapped earrings are made with a rare natural stone cabochons from Mexico called a Sonora Sunrise. These stones are rich in color with red cuprite, black tenorite and blue chrysocolla. Cabs with all three colors are the most valued. This material is highly sought after and getting harder to obtain. I cut this cab from my personal stash. I love the way the colors are reversed.

Like I do with all of my jewelry (except for the smallest), I used heavy sterling silver wire to create a secure setting. These are stunning and dramatic in person! I used hand forged sterling silver French earhooks.

stones ---- about 32x19mm
earrings including earwires ---- approx 3" / 75mm long; .80" / 20mm 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.
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