Mismatched chrysocolla nuggets are gracefully suspended in a handmade stirrup component, a variation of my “Iris” earrings. These are sweet and simple, very eye-catching! The “stirrup” has been lightly textured for light reflection. These earrings are sterling silver and are 1 3/8” long including the handmade ear wires.
About the stones:
Chrysocolla gets its cyan/blue/green color from copper – it contains the copper hydroxide mineral speriniite. Otherwise, its’ structure has been questioned, although sometimes it grows with quartz or contains chalcedony. Chrysocolla can rate anywhere from 2-7 on the Mohs scale – a huge range, due to varying silica content. It is often confused for turquoise due to its’ color.