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The name chrysocolla was first used to describe the stone by Theophrastus,
a Greek philosopher and botanist, in 315 B.C. The word was derived from the Greek words chrysos, meaning
gold, and kola, meaning glue, referencing the fact that chrysocolla was employed from the earliest times by
goldsmiths as an ingredient for solder, called santerna by the Romans, to weld gold pieces together. This
fancy gemstone has indeed inspired creativity in many artists, whether they were ancient goldsmiths using
it as solder, Renaissance painters grinding it as pigment for paint or modern jewelry designer-artists including
it within their florid designs. Chrysocolla, the king of carbonate copper gemstones, is an alluring, vivid blue-green
color and is often mistaken for turquoise because they share many visual similarities. It can often be found
intermingled with malachite, turquoise and azurite. The rich, vibrant blue and green colors of chrysocolla are
reminiscent of looking down upon the earth's surface from space. Pure chrysocolla is too soft for jewelry purposes
but it is often found in quartz deposits which makes it hard enough to polish for cabochons. It is often found
mixed with malachite, turquoise and azurite. Gem quality chrysocolla is called gem silica chrysocolla which is
much harder than common chrysocolla.
Chrysocolla is a copper bearing mineral found wherever copper deposits occur
especially in areas of Cornwall in England, in Arizona, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Michigan, and Pennsylvania
in the United States. Chile, Peru, Zaire, Australia, France, Democratic Republic of Congo and Israel as the Eliat
Stone. It is a variegated blue and green mixture of chrysocolla and other copper minerals found in the Gulf of
Aqaba, near the northwestern end of the Red Sea, but was originally mined in King Solomon's mines in Africa.
Brion has used a beautiful piece of Peruvian chrysocolla for this particular fetish.
He has inlaid the rounded eyes of contrasting red coral and the offering bundle consists of a penshell arrowhead,
red coral and heishe beads tied with sinew. The fetish is signed B Hattie Zuni on the bottom. Yet another quality
fetish by Zuni carver Brion Hattie.
If you would like to read more about the Bear's characteristics and attributes click here. And click here to hear "Bear" in Shiwi, the language of Zuni.
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Zuni Carver: Brion Hattie
Dimensions: 1 5/8"L x 1 1/8"T x 11/16"W
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