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Peacock Stone Gem Silica and Gem Chrysocolla Cabochon Inspiration Mine Live Oak PIt

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Gem silica, chrysocolla cabochon cut from old stock material from the Inspiration Mine, Gila County, Arizona, Live Oak Pit. From an old estate collection, I was told the rough had been out of the ground for years. It had been sitting around for so long, the exterior had oxidized. It looked like dirty malachite.

The mine this rough came from is closed to collectors.

What can I say :)
Ok, I can say a lot.
When I took the first slab off of this chunk of rough last year, this is what I saw: a Peacock's feather eye.

Like many pieces of rough, I will often sit and look at it for a very long time before I cut it. I learned that when I first began to cut black opal, years ago.

Yes. I believe in the mythos of rock. The magic within it, a voice it has that speaks to the stonecutter. You can listen and let it guide you as the stone cradles in your hands, or you can force your own interests upon it, carat weight for carat weight's sake. Diamonds, so common, so sold by the carat.

If you listen close enough, let the stone turn itself against the cutting wheel, sometimes you end up holding in your hands a stone that looks back at you, challenges your view of tradition and provokes even the most stubbornly dull imagination.

I do think this one will.
It is, above all else, a collector stone. You will never find another one like it anywhere in this world or possibly the next.

Colors in this one are outstanding, rich saturated blues and turquoises, oxidized chrysocolla greens. Beautifully enhanced with ribbons of malachite. Clear areas of agate define striking fortifications that orb around with multirings in velvet greens and blues. A stone that startles with sheer beauty, never mundane, never common. It's a large piece, deserving of an eloquent setting in gold or platinum. Or simply in your collection. Always central even if set to the side, because it just flat out draws you in.


The surface of this stone is typical of this sort of conglomerate material, with texture to the surface. Finish is a waxy gloss. Imperfectly perfect.

Can you tell how much I love this stone.

Weighs 64.88 carats.

Measures about 30 mm x 44 mm x 6 mm deep.

Peacock Stone Gem Silica and Gem Chrysocolla Cabochon Inspiration Mine Live Oak PIt