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Chrysocolla: Mining the Facts
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The Southwest United States has produced many minerals and gems since exploration began in its arid and rocky expanses. Prospectors searched for gold, silver and copper, and mining operations pull those elements from the ground, along with gemstones of every type.

In the crusts of copper veins, an anhydrous copper silicate known as chrysocolla was found. It looked a lot like turquoise – another stone found in the dusty and gem-filled Southwest US – with blue-green colors and often featuring sparkles of quartz.

Other well-known stones like azurite and malachite are also found in and around copper deposits and is often combined with chrysocolla. This gives you some awesome color variation of deep blues and vibrant greens.
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Designers like using chrysocolla because it is a much cheaper alternative to turquoise. Though it does not replace the beauty of turquoise, you can pull off some really stunning pieces using chrysocolla without needing to charge an arm and a leg.
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Right now we have some beautiful chrysocolla in a varitey of shapes, including our new diamonds and the classic coins, ovals, squares, rounds and rectangles.

What’s great about all of these shapes is they have flat planes so you get to see all the variation of colors, which can sometimes get lost inside a round bead.



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