This wire wrapped pendant is made with a vividly colored natural stone cabochon of Arizona Chrysocolla. Chrysocolla is seldom found alone. This one has a smattering of green malachite, dark red cuprite and possibly flecks of yellow limonite. It's a gorgeous stone. It does a few surface lines common to the material. They are not through cracks, they are where the different materials meet.
I used pure sterling silver (not coated, plated or filled silver) to give this a beautiful, secure wire wrapped setting with handmade prongs. I added a faceted sterling silver bead. Though it doesn't show well in the pictures, it really does add a lot to the piece.
stone ---- 32mm
pendant ---- 2.19" / 56.00mm long; 1.34" / 34mm wide
bail ---- 7mm
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.