This super bright blue natural cabochon is a Chrysocolla with druzy from that renown location, Morenci, Arizona. This is really special stuff. This particular cab has some agate fortification and a big pocket of fine druzy. It's just a beautiful stone.
The handmade setting is made with heavy sterling silver wire, (not coated, filled or plated) as is all of my silver cabochon jewelry. I chose to do something a little different and more bold to hold up to the color of the cab. I think of it as Neo-Art Deco. This is a very durable setting. The bottom spiral has been hammered for even more security.
stone ---- 42x27mm
pendant ---- 3" / 77mm long; 1.56" / 40mm wide
bail ---- 4.5mm
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.