Sonora Sunset Chrysocolla Cuprite Freeform Designer Cabochon from Milpillas Mine in Mexico Sonoran Sunrise

Sonora Sunset Chrysocolla Cuprite Freeform Designer Cabochon from Milpillas Mine in Mexico Sonoran Sunrise

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  • Handmade
  • Materials: stone, cabochons, chrysocolla, cuprite

First off- Hi there!! My name is Hana. I'm a stone-cutter Phil has kindly allowed to show work in his shop. I've been cutting for a year now (though I've been a rockhound forever) and love a whole different set of minerals than Phil- so we thought this would be a good thing, bring some more variety to the shop! All the same policies are in place (as you can see) for these items. Enjoy!!

Sonora Sunrise (aka Sonora Sunset, Sonoran Sunrise/Sunset) is one of my favorites. All the different color and pattern combinations drive me crazy (in a good way!). The material is from the Milpillas Mine in Sonora, Mexico- hence it's name (although the colors are also descriptive of actual Sonoran Sunsets, too). The mine is a copper mine, so the amount of SS that comes out of it is very small relatively. The SS that came out of the mine were largely emptied between 2006 (when the mine opened) and 2011, so there is really only that much SS as has currently been removed. Interesting fact: most copper mines are owned by companies that see the Azurites, Chrysocollas, and Turquoise stones that come from the mines as annoying by-products and often don't allow them to be collected or removed at all.

I hand cut and polished this stone, and enjoyed seeing the way the bright turquoise made its presence known among an incredible dark shade of somehow still brilliant red. In short: I dig it! And I hope you will, too.

The stone you are buying is always the stone pictured. Please see my shop policies for more information, or feel free to contact me with your questions and feedback.

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!

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Phil Lagas-Rivera

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Stephanie Jun 17, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Phil worked tirelessly to make this ring happen. It is even more beautiful than in the photos and I didn't think that was possible. The ring is amazing and exactly what we discussed. We shared over 60 messages before I even committed to using him and he was a doll about it. 10/10 would go with him again

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Michael Rouse Feb 21, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Phil was really professional. He communicated effectively and was excited to help me design the perfect ring for my fiancé. He guided me start to finish on how rings are drawn up. The sapphire exceeded my expectations in real life because it changes color depending on the light source! This was a great bonus. My fiancé loves her unique and nontraditional ring. We recommend to not buy a generic ring from a store. Instead, you should design it with Phil! It's made the beginning of our engagement that much more meaningful.

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yilihsu216 Feb 1, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This review is coming a bit late, but thank you Phil for making this beautiful custom ring! Phil walked my fiance through the whole process and communicated with him different options and always was upfront about costs and services he could provide. He definitely outdid himself with the amazing handiwork on the sapphire stone as well as the setting. I love it and all the detail and thought that went into this ring. Thank you again!!"

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Jin Y Nov 19, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Phil helped me decide on the best type/shape for a custom cut sapphire. He was extremely patient, responsive, and flexible. When I finally saw the stone, it blew me away - I have never seen a sapphire sparkle or refract light as well as Phil's. He also happens to be super transparent, too. Would totally buy from Phil again - and recommend him to EVERYONE. My fiancee LOVES the stone. Thank you Phil!

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