This natural bright blue/green and blue cabochon is a Chrysocolla with Azurite from Arizona. The colors are very saturated and simply awesome together.
The handmade setting is made with heavy sterling silver wire, (not coated, filled or plated) as is all of my silver cabochon jewelry. I used a finely twisted wire on the sides and bail for some beautiful light catching detail and gave this an antique patina to highlight all the work. The bail is hand woven with fine wire. This is so much prettier in the hand.
stone ---- 40x24 mm 10.4 grams 52 cts
pendant ---- 2.25" / 57mm long; 1.13" / 29mm wide
bail ---- 5.75mm
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.