I hand cut this freeform shaped focal bead. Matte finish with a 2.5mm drill hole. Dimensions are in the title in millimeters. Lovely rich rust red cuprite with little chrysocolla. Compare with other pieces of Sonora Sunrise for sale online! You won't find any beads like this!
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I made this using a beautiful and striking stone called "Sonora Sunrise" that has only been on the market since around 2007 and it is very hard to get a hold of these days. It is a mixture of wonderful chrysocolla blues, firey orange-red cuprite, sometimes with black veins of tenorite. There are also sometimes little dots of green that I believe to be brochantite and one dealer seems to claim that the massive blue is colored by brochantite as opposed to chrysocolla. They are ALL copper minerals, so who know's how God/dess's spun them together at their moment of creation! Mined in Sonora, Mexico. I've never seen anyone else cut beads out of this stuff!
This would look great strung with complimentary turquoise, chrysocolla or other SouthWestern colored stone beads!
Here's some information on the cuprite part that I also found online about cuprite... "Cuprite is an oxide mineral composed of copper(I) oxide Cu2O, and is a minor ore of copper.....It is a secondary mineral which forms in the oxidized zone of copper sulfide deposits. It frequently occurs in association with native copper, azurite, chrysocolla, malachite, tenorite and a variety of iron oxide minerals. It is known as ruby copper due to its distinctive red color....Cuprite was first described in 1845 and the name derives from the Latin cuprum for its copper content." Metaphysically Cuprite is said to "stimulate the base chakra while providing a grounding affect on the whole body. It can increase physical vitality and energy. It is a survival tool, attracting that which can satisfy ones physical needs...also used to alleviate worry..."