Chrysocolla, Chinese, Dyed, 2mm Faceted Strand

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Chrysocolla, Chinese, Dyed, 2mm Faceted.  This price is for one strand 15 to 16 inches long.

Chrysocolla is a wonderful combination of a variety of greens to intense blues, with a hint of brown. It is a minor ore of copper. Chrysocolla is often found in association with Malachite and Azurite in masses, crusts or vein fillings. Because of its blue color, it is sometimes confused with turquoise.

Notable occurrences include Indonesia, Israel, Congo, Chile, England, and China. In the United Sates it can be found in several states, including Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

The name “Chrysocolla” is derived from the Greek chrysos, meaning “gold”, and kolla, meaning “glue”, because the ancient Greeks used this semiprecious stone when soldering gold.

Hardness 6-7 

These beads are dyed with the introduction of coloring agent into a gemstone to give it new color, intensify present color or improve color uniformity.   

The source of these beads is China and they are cut, drilled and polished in China.