Here is a cabochon of gorgeous Gem Silica from the Inspiration Mine in southeastern Arizona, a mine world-renowned for its fine specimens of Gem Silica. The cab features a semitransparent green central area surrounded by a translucent bright blue-green "moss", and has a small inclusion of malachite at the top edge and barely visible in the photo of the back, the third photo. Gem Silica from the Inspiration Mine often sells for up to $10 per carat (and more for the finest material), making this particular piece not only stunning, but also a very good deal. I cut, ground, sanded, and polished the cabochon in my own lapidary shop from a parcel of rough rock we were very fortunate to find a few years back. While we do our best to take photos in good light to reflect the true colors of the stone, the colors on individual computer monitors may vary slightly. And, yes, the colors really are as bright as they appear in the photos!
We used to own and manage a small hand-crafted jewelry business called "Silver and Stone Works" in New Mexico. However, in 2016, due to health reasons, we relocated to the Oregon Coast and decided to close the business. We always took great pride in using the highest quality (and sometimes quite rare) materials we could locate, many purchased directly from the source. We now find themselves with a leftover inventory of finished cabochons and preformed cabochons, and are selling everything at very competitive prices.
The freeform roughly pear-shaped cabochon is approximately 26mm x 18.5mm x 7mm, weighs about 27 carats, and has a slightly beveled bottom edge and a polished and beveled girdle making it suitable for either a bezel setting or a wire wrap.
IMPORTANT SHIPPING INFO – The domestic shipping cost of $6 includes an upgrade to a small U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail Flat Rate box with tracking and insurance in order to provide the highest quality customer service to our valued clients. The tracking number will be sent to the buyer as soon as the shipping label is printed. While this method costs slightly more, Priority Mail has proven to be consistently more reliable and faster than First Class. And if they fit in the same box, additional items ship free!
The site of Inspiration, Arizona, is located two miles north of the town of Miami in the Pinal Mountains. The original Inspiration copper ore body was discovered in 1904 and the Inspiration Mine was established and construction of a gravity mill processing plant was started. Several large mines including the Inspiration, Live Oak, Black Warrior, and some smaller mines and numerous claims were later combined into one company, Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company.
Chrysocolla is typically a vibrantly colored mineral due to its copper content, and can be among the brightest shades of blue. The vivid blue material known as Gem Silica is quite rare, and high quality specimens are coveted by collectors and jewelry designers. The attraction of this gemstone is its remarkable color. The intense color is due to the presence of copper salts that penetrate the crystal lattice of colorless Chalcedony. Despite the names "Chrysocolla Chalcedony" and "Gem Silica Chrysocolla", Gem Silica is not really a form of Chrysocolla. Its only connection with Chrysocolla is that both minerals are colored by the same copper salts. So the names can be confusing. In fact Gem Silica is a form of Chalcedony, the microscrystalline variety of Quartz. Gem Silica is found in a just a few locations around the world, including the United States (Arizona and New Mexico). Arizona, a well-known copper-mining region, is generally regarded as yielding the highest quality, with material from Miami's Inspiration Mine considered to be the among the very best.
Renowned for its incredible virtues of peace and compassion, Gem Silica enables the user to breathe deeply releasing emotional pain and sorrow. As a healing stone it is capable of healing at the cellular level, clearing blockages in both the Heart Chakra and the Throat Chakra. Resonating with the Throat Chakra, Gem Silica dissolves any fear of speaking your truth, realizing your worth, your true sense of Self. When speaking your truth remember to speak from the heart with love in your voice, your energy and in your eyes. The Heart Chakra works with Gem Silica to balance your emotions, healing from wounds past or present instilling a sense of peaceful calm.
GENERAL: US Shipments - USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Box INTERNATIONAL Shipments - USPS First Class International
In order to provide the highest quality customer service our valued clients deserve, all stones for shipments within the United States will be carefully wrapped, packed in a small U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail Flat Rate box, and mailed with tracking. The tracking number will be sent to the buyer as soon as a shipping label is printed. While this method costs slightly more, Priority Mail has proven to be consistently more reliable and faster than First Class. All packages will also be fully insured at no additional cost to the buyer.
INTERNATIONAL BUYERS PLEASE NOTE: - International orders are welcome. The shipping charge shown for each item includes insurance via U.S. Postal Service First Class Mail. If your Country is not listed on my ship to list, please convo me so I can research your Country for rates, customs requirements, etc. - Import duties, taxes (such as VAT), and any other charges your country may impose are NOT included in the item price or shipping charges. These additional charges are the buyer's responsibility. *** VAT is not included in the price and I'm not registered to collect VAT. *** - Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to buying. - These charges are normally collected by the delivering freight or shipping company or when you pick the item up. Please do not confuse these customs fees with additional shipping charges. - Items which are returned as "Undeliverable" due to buyer's non-payment of duty and/or import tax will be refunded minus shipping fees once item is received back at our shop and the condition of the item verified. - Here is a link to give you the approximate import costs (you may need to cut and paste this link): www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation - All international packages will have the correct amount declared on the customs form. I will not mark an order as a "gift". - International shipping can take up to 8-10 weeks but is usually 2-4 weeks. - Regarding lost packages - International orders are subject to a 45-day waiting period before filing an insurance claim. - If your package is late, please notify me within 75 days so I can file an insurance claim. - For destinations with high customs fees: If you separate your order into smaller values and purchase separately you may save money. Feel free to contact me for details. - If you would like faster service through U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, please contact me for costs.
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If payments are not received within 3 days of purchase, you forfeit your right to the item and it will be relisted in our store.
Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Custom or personalized orders
Perishable products (like food or flowers)
Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Additional return information
Our goal is for you to be completely happy with your purchase. We take pride in our work and if you are not completely satisfied, returns may be made within 7 days of receiving the purchase (or 14 days from shipment date) for a full refund, less shipping charges.
Please package items carefully to ensure there is no damage in transit, and mail with tracking and insurance. Buyer will pay return shipping costs. Once we receive the item in its original, unworn/undamaged condition, you will receive your refund. Please contact us with the tracking number BEFORE returning the item, so we will be aware it is on its way. In the event the item being shipped back to us is lost or damaged in transit, we will not be able to refund you. In this case you would need to contact the shipping courier that you selected and file an insurance claim.
PLEASE NOTE: We understand that it can be concerning when making a purchase online and looking only at photographs. We try very hard to insure that our photos and descriptions match the actual item as closely as possible. We are able to offer you a return refund one time for no additional fee; however, after one time there will be a 10% restocking fee.