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The blue/green beads in this necklace and the small teardrop stone in the pendant are the gemstone chrysocolla.  It’s a gemstone I was not familiar with until recent years, but now love using.  It’s a gemstone that is beautiful and relatively affordable.

Chrysocolla is a mineral that is made from hydrated copper silicate and can be found in many parts of the world, including the United States.  It is mostly found with or associated with other types of minerals that include; quartz, azurite, limonite, cuprite and secondary copper minerals.

Folklore and legend has it that Chrysocolla is associated with tranquility and peace, intuition, patience, and unconditional love. It is thought to offer gentle and soothing qualities.

I’ve used black to set off the beautiful colors in the Chrysocolla stones.  The cabuchon in the pendant is black onyx, both it and the Chrysocolla were set in sterling silver.  You cn see this necklace at the design stage in an earlier blog post.  I chose black glass beads to accent the Chrysocolla and then softened the design with crystals in a color named Pacific.

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Right now I am working designing a necklace that will primarily feature this strand of chrysocolla beads.  I plan on creating a pendant using the two cabochons shown in the photo.  One of the cabochons is black onyx and the other is chrysocolla.  I’ve done a sketch to show the basic concept of where I am heading with the pendant.  Next, I’ll cut out the pattern, glue it to a sheet of sterling silver, cut it out and get the setting made.  I’m excited about it, I love the colors and hope the resulting necklace will be stunning.  What I see in my mind is – just gotta get it done.  Off to work.

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