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Raw Chalcopyrite in Copper-Ironstone Matrix Pendant Wire Wrapped .925 Sterling Silver

  • £4500


Raw Chalcopyrite in Copper-Ironstone Matrix Pendant Wire Wrapped in .925 Sterling Silver Round Wire

An eye catching attractive natural stone displays a flashy metallic dark golden bronze and some multi-color metallic iridescence within a dark brown to black copper-iron mineral background matrix. While presented reasonably well with most colors of clothing, it is best worn with brown based (brown, red, orange, yellow/gold), earth tone, and dark colors vs. gray based (gray/silver, green, blue, purple), colors, very nice with black; also a good conversation piece. As a raw, or rough natural mineral stone, it is most appealing to an artistic or naturalistic view.

Description: Dark metallic golden bronze to multi-color iridescence within a dark brown to black base, opaque triangular shaped stone, wrapped in 22 gauge sterling silver round wire.

Stone Size: Medium (15/16” x 7/8” x 9/16”).

Pattern: Random shiny and sparkling metallic golden bronze and colorful iridescence within a dark brown to black base.

Contour: Irregular, angular, organic face.

Unique Features: Unusual metallic colors and random pattern; raw broken surface.

Polish: Unpolished, natural flashy, sparkling appearance.

Edges: Somewhat smooth to rough.

Treatment: None: natural mineral complex stone; shaped and smoothed only.

Comment: The back of this stone has been smoothed for wearing comfort; The front of the stone remains in its raw, natural state. This stone is natural chalcopyrite. The brilliant multi-color dominant blue-purple “peacock ore” often sold as chalcopyrite, is not. It is rather another mineral called Bornite. Although Chalcopyrite can naturally oxidize and tarnish over time to become Bornite, it is rarely as brilliant as the “peacock ore” available for sale. Most of the “peacock ore” currently in the market is Chalcopyrite that has been converted to Bornite through heat treatment. Heat treatment, however, weakens the structure of the stone, so most peacock ore is sold only as rough pieces, even as jewelry, because the stone will not endure polishing processes, but will most often break apart. A unique, handmade, genuine semi-precious stone pendant, this piece is posted individually, not merely a representative item - what you see is what you get.


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