Sonoran Sunrise Cuprite Slabs from Mexico

Sonoran Sunrise Chrysocolla slabs are from Mexico.  It is a rare type of material where copper secondaries impregnated a host rock of limestone.   Sonoran Sunrise is a great lapidary material that is easy to cut and polish.

It is sometimes referred to as Christmas Stone, because of it’s green and red coloring.  Although Sonoran Sunrise is often referred to as chrysocolla, the greenish area is actually bronchantite. The red-orange area is the chalcotrichite form of cuprite. The black area is usually the copper oxide tenorite.  And on occasion, there is a purplish-gray area that is cuprite.

Sonoran Sunrise Chrysocolla CabochonExample of a Sonoran Sunrise Cabochon

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