Although sometimes confused for greener varieties of the mineral turquoise, this gemstone is actually chrysocolla which is a hydrated copper mineral that's associated with quartz, azurite and malachite. Although beautiful it's also very fragile hence really must be treated with great care. On Mohs scale of mineral hardness which determines the scratch resistance of one mineral against another, chrysocolla grades just 2½ to 3½.
The chrysocolla pendants in our collection have always been a firm favourite with our customers because colours and patterns can be quite breathtaking but we have scaled down the number of pendants that we have made because of how delicate the stone is. Despite that, chrysocolla is still widely used in gemstone jewellery and can have a long lifespan providing it is well looked after.
This large and chunky chrysocolla pendant has been reduced because there is some "crazing" in the surface of the cabochon. Crazing is a term used to describe a fine network of hairline cracks which appear naturally in certain rocks and minerals. As well as appearing in some softer stones like chrysocolla it's also relatively common in opals. In this particular stone the crazing is only really noticeable when it's carefully inspected in good light or catches the light at certain angles but we do not believe by any means that it spoils the beauty of this piece. This is an impressive ladies pendant and one that would suit someone who's not bothered by minor imperfections in what is otherwise a beautiful polished mineral. Due to chrysocolla being as soft as it is we recommend keeping the pendant well protected whenever it's not being worn and needless to say, it must always be handled with care.
Weight (grams) : 45.6
Size (cms) : 4.7 x 4.5 x 1.1.7