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
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.
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.
now we have some beautiful chrysocolla in a varitey of shapes,
including our new diamonds and the classic coins, ovals, squares, rounds and
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.
Mohs Hardness: 2 to 4
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