*Parrot Wing Chrysocolla cut by Gary Wilson
*3mm Malachite cabs
*Sterling setting and chain
*Necklace is signed, numbered, dated

Length:  24" (61 cm) - can be hooked at any shorter length
Centerpiece: 2.5" x .75" (6.4 cm x 1.9 cm)
Weight: 1 oz (29.8 gm

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Parrot Wing Chrysocolla Pendant Necklace

Parrot Wing Chrysocolla Pendant Necklace
Parrot Wing Chrysocolla Pendant Necklace on model
Parrot Wing Chrysocolla Pendant Necklace
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Parrot Wing Chrysocolla is legendary material, so legendary it's a challenge to even figure out for sure where it was mined. Mindat doesn't have a separate article on Parrot Wing. It appears most sources say was mined in Mexico, and the Handbook of Mineralogy shows a deposit of Chrysocolla from Cananea, Sonora. However in an article in Rock and Gem a cutter said her Parrot Wing was from Australia. Hmmmm. Time to hit the bookshelf and retrieve Ron Gibb's Agates and Jaspers! Gibbs states Parrot Wing was mined in Mexico and sold in Quartzsite by the Riviera Brothers in the '70s. He further states:"Parrot Wing is sold as a jasper, but it's more of a true rock being made up of a number of minerals that include chrysocholla, cuprite, manganese oxides and many others...." Thanks Ron! (His gorgeous book (below) is highly recommended!)

I made one other Parrot Wing piece, a bolo tie made sometime in the 1980s with a stone I bought at one of those tailgate sales rock clubs used to organize. (See it here.) From studying that one beautiful little rock I can usually pick out Parrot Wing on the rare occasion that it shows up. One might even say that it was the Parrot Wing that launched my obsession with gorgeous stones (perhaps you've noticed?), and I've never recovered.

Naisha Ahsian (In The Book of Stones) begins her discussion of Chrysocolla this way:
“Chrysocolla is a cardinal Water element stone, governing the flow of energy and communication. It is powerful for opening and cleansing the throat chakra, allowing one to channel the loving knowledge of the heart to others. It assists us in owning the power of our words and in recognizing how the words we use affect our reality. It facilitates the expression of our heat’s deepest truth, as well [as] our mind’s greatest knowledge...”  Perhaps that's why I love it so much!