This natural bright blue and green cabochon is a Chrysocolla with Malachite from Arizona. This is sometimes called "lightning stone" because of the pattern of blue and green stringers in white quartz.
The handmade setting is made with heavy sterling silver wire, (not coated, filled or plated) as is all of my silver cabochon jewelry. I love the shape of this cab and had a little fun with it. When I was finished, I added an antique patina.
stone ---- 39x27mm
pendant ---- 2.23" / 57mm long; 1.19" / 30mm wide
bail ---- 5.3mm
This does not include a chain or cord.
You can purchase one here.
More About Chrysocolla:
Chrysocolla is a semi-precious opaque to translucent gemstone. It is a beautiful sky blue to bluish/green. Chrysocolla is colored by the copper in it, however, it often has multicolored veins of black and with brown matrix. It is sometimes solid color but is more often multicolored blue and green because it is usually found mixed with malachite, turquoise and azurite. Chrysocolla can have strikng patterns. Due to its color, it is often confused with turquoise. There are many varieties of chrysocolla determined by content and location.
Pure chrysocolla is between 2.0 and 4.0 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Pure chrysocolla is too soft for jewelry however because its usually found with others materials, including quartz, it is hard enough to polish for cabochons. Chrysocolla is sometimes "agatized" in chalcedony, then it is called Gem Silica and is very hard and valuable. A professional jewelry artist can successfully create beautiful jewelry and gemstones with proper care. Chrysocolla used in jewelry is safe and durable to wear when it has been properly selected by the artist.
Chrysocolla can bring tranquility and peace, intuition, patience, and unconditional love.