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Chrysocolla, the king of carbonate copper gemstones, is often mistaken for turquoise because they share many visual similarities. It can often be found intermingled with malachite, turquoise and azurite, creating a wonderful mixed gemstone known as eilat stone. Legend has it that eilat stone was originally mined in King Solomon's mines in Africa. The rich, vibrant blue and green colors of chrysocolla are reminiscent of looking down upon the earth's surface from space.

The name chrysocolla was first used to describe the stone by Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher and botanist, in 315 B.C. 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, called santerna by the Romans, to weld gold pieces together. This fancy gemstone has indeed inspired creativity in many artists, whether they were ancient goldsmiths using it as solder, Renaissance painters grinding it as pigment for paint or modern jewelry designer-artists including it within their florid designs.

For thousands of years chrysocolla has been known throughout the world as a stone of calming reconciliation and reassurance. In ancient Egypt, it was called the "wise stone" because it shielded and encouraged the mind during negotiations. Those who wore it generally came up with clever compromises and resolutions. This stone also has the ability to help people who are violent to become more sensitive and tolerant which is why, as an ambassador, Cleopatra wore chrysocolla jewelry everywhere she went.

This stone is a mixture of agate, chrysocolla and cuprite, dotted with specks of gold flake. I've wrapped it with natural copper wire, and accented it with colored turquoise wire. I then darkened the piece to give it an aged look

The pendant is approximately 2-3/8" x 1-1/2" and hangs on a matching 18" copper chain with a claw clasp.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has approved the registration of copper as an antimicrobial agent to reduce harmful bacteria linked to potentially deadly microbial infections, following a year of comprehensive testing in an independent US laboratory. The tests showed that 99.9% of bacteria on a copper surface were eliminated within just 2 hours of exposure.

Copper deficiency may make a person's hair gray prematurely due to the fact that melanin is a copper-dependent pigment. The wearing of a copper bracelet may prevent graying hair. The cardiovascular system also suffers ill effects from copper deficiency by being more prone to heart attacks and high blood pressure.

Teal and Copper Wrapped Chrysocolla Cabochon Pendant And Necklace

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: copper wire, copper chain, chrysocolla cabochon, turquoise wire
  • Ships worldwide from Washington, United States
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