After I've finished this custom order, I felt a desire to complete my own pendant with a similar stone (gem silica or gem chrysocolla). It is such an unbelievable colour... pure bright blue... and it is natural!
Technically, all jewellery that I make is "mine"... until I sell it :) So, the pendant is going to be available in my Etsy online store. Until then... it is mine... sitting in a pretty jewellery box :)
What is gem chrysocolla anyway? It is chalcedony that has been stained blue from copper oxides. Unlike standard Chrysocolla that has a Mohs hardness of 2.5 to 3.5, gem silica has the same hardness as chalcedony at 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. This makes gem silica appropriate for all jewelry uses. Gem silica chrysocolla is rare and is usually found in the oxidation zones of copper mining deposits.
* It is known as a healing stone among Native American Indian cultures where it was used for strengthening the body's resistance and bringing calm feelings where there is upset.
*Chrysocolla is a stone of peace and tranquility.
I totally can see that! This colour is such a pleasure to look at!
The pendant is available in my Etsy online store.