Chunky Chrysocolla Pendant Necklace
Although sometimes confused for a greener variety of the mineral turquoise, this gemstone is chrysocolla which is a hydrated copper mineral. In its purest form it's extremely soft but often occurs with the minerals quartz, azurite and malachite. Despite being beautiful, with it being so soft it's not easy to work with and when used as a gemstone is must be handled carefully. On Mohs scale of mineral hardness which is a tool that's used to determine the scratch resistance of one mineral against another, chrysocolla grades just 2½ to 3½. With the presence of quartz however it can be considerably harder but the amount present can vary significantly. Azurite and malachite which are often found in chrysocolla are also relatively soft.
The chrysocolla pendants in our collection have long been a firm favourite with our customers because colours and patterns can be quite breathtaking but we have scaled down the number 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 the stone is well looked after.
This chunky chrysocolla pendant makes a lovely piece of jewellery but the sterling silver setting was crafted slightly deeper than it should have been which is the reason why it's been added to our Jewellery Sale. As with any gemstone pendant purchased online from Stone Mania, should you not be totally satisfied with your purchase it may be returned for a full refund (T&C's apply).
This pendant necklace comes in a colourful gift pouch that will help to keep the stone safe and will also help minimise any build-up of tarnish on the sterling silver setting.
Weight (grams) : 20.4
Size (cms) : 3.2 x 2.6 x 1.1