~~~ Hybrid Stone of Chrysocolla / Azurite / Cuprite / Malachite / Quartz Round Bead ~~~
approx. size : 12.69 ~ 12.86 mm
approx. total weight : 23 grams = 115 carats
* high polish ... great quality ... and rare ...
* this is natural hybrid stone from copper deposits ...
* copper-hybrid stones cut into round beads are rarely seen ...
* base stone : Quartz
* blended with traces, either few or lots, of : -
~ bright blue Chrysocolla ~ deep blue Azurite ~ dark brown-red Cuprite ~ green Malachite ~ black Tenorite
8 beads, center drilled
Listing is for the exact strand as pictured.
Color of gemstone may vary slightly from screen to screen.
** Chrysocolla is often found mixed with other secondary copper minerals such as malachite, turquoise, azurite, cuprite and quartz. These mixtures provide interesting patterns and textures, and also make the final product harder and more durable.
The word was derived from the Greek words chrysos, meaning gold, and kola, meaning glue, referencing the fact that chrysocolla was employed from the earliest times by goldsmiths as an ingredient for solder to weld gold pieces together.
Chrysocolla can be found wherever large copper deposits occur, most notably in Africa, Mexico and the state of Arizona. Apache chrysocolla from the state of Arizona is a mixture of chrysocolla, turquoise, jasper, lapis, malachite and quartz crystal minerals.
It has often been called multi-colored turquoise and, until recently, was not considered a gemstone in its own right until it was cited as a semiprecious gem rock. Then it became a favored stone for jewelry symbolizing prosperity, luck and fortitude.