Belle Rustique

hand-crafted jewelry from beautiful Bonny Doon


Lapis & Chrysocolla Freeform Pendant

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This beautiful lapis and chrysocolla freeform stone has vivid lapis blue coloring with a smattering of green and some striking rust brown shades with a bit of cream in the background. It is a high-domed stone with a good polish. I've border-wrapped it in square, 21 gauge sterling silver wire. Note: this bail will accommodate most chains or a leather cord. It is very sturdy. Enjoy this hand-crafted (by me!) piece of wearable art.

Treat someone special to this one-of-a-kind gift or buy it for yourself.

The pendant measures 1 3/4" from top of bail and is 1 1/8" wide.

Note: Chrysocolla, the king of carbonate copper gemstones, is an alluring, vivid blue-green color and 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.

Lapis lazuli is an opaque rock that mainly consists of diopside and lazurite. It came into being millions of years ago during the metamorphosis of lime to marble. Uncut, lapis lazuli is lusterless and of a deep, dark blue colour, often with golden inclusions and whitish marble veins. The small inclusions with their golden shimmer, which give the stone the magic of a starry sky, are not of gold as people used to think, but of pyrites. Their cause is iron. The blue color comes from the sulphur content of the lazurite and may range from pure ultramarine to a lighter blue. The best raw lapis stones still come from the steep Hindu Kush in the north-east of Afghanistan, however, lapis mixed with chrysocolla, as we see here, is often referred to as Apache Chrysocolla and comes from Arizona and Mexico. can be found wherever large copper deposits occur, most notably in Africa, Mexico and the state of Arizona. Arizona Apache chrysocolla is a mixture of chrysocolla, turquoise, jasper, lapis, malachite and quartz crystal minerals. Legends originating in Far East places such as Tibet and Africa also tell of healings through the use of chrysocolla. It has often been called multi-colored turquoise and, until recently, was not considered a gemstone in its own right until it was cited as a semiprecious gem rock. Then it became a favored stone for jewelry symbolizing prosperity, luck and fortitude.

Enjoy this unique piece of artisan jewelry.

lapis & chrysocolla pendant



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