This large dragonfly pendant is stand out for the beautiful color of the stone, which in this case is the cyan-colored copper phyllosilicate mineral Chrysocolla. Chrysocolla has been used for jewelry since ancient times due to the vivid blue-green color. This stone comes from the mine in Bisbee, Arizona. It's not uncommon to find Native American jewelry made with chrysocolla instead of turquoise, as the two stones are similar in terms of hardness and ease of shaping. Plus, that cyan--mix of blue and green--color appeals to many of those who love the color turquoise. Chrysocolla is called a "stone of peacefulness," said to alleviate fear, guilt and nervous tension. It is thought to crystallize feelings of love, acceptance and tolerance. Chrysocolla is a considered a stone of Cancer and associated with the element of Water. Hence, it's not surprising that the stones were used to create jewelry honoring the dragonfly, which is venerated by Native American cultures, in part for the fact that they signal water, which is life-giving in the arid Southwest. Among those who work with gemstones for healing, chrysocolla is considered to be cleansing and to absorb negativity: "It can help flush and heal heart blocks, primarily working best Heart Chakra, although it can revitalize all of the chakras." Native Americans use chrysocolla for carving fetishes and in jewelry-making. The stones in this pendant are natural (not stabilized) and the most beautiful I have yet to see. Do a Google search and you will notice that there is nothing out there today that compares to this piece. That's in part due to the age of pendant--circa 1970s--and the makers, Navajo master silversmith Gilo Nakai and his designer wife Grace. The two opened a trading post in Albuquerque in 1975. The bail on the pendant has a wonderful feel and substance, all hand stamped. The bail does have a slight opening on one side of the seam, which I will have soldered to ensure it does not open up any more.
The pendant measures 5" tall by 3-1/2" wide. Weighs 77g. In addition to the spot where the bail has opened just slightly, there are spots where the bezels have bent and/or been pushed in around the stones. Again, this is not a new piece, and in my view the wear does not distract from the fact that this is one of the most uncommon pieces you will ever find, period.
Amazing gemstone, stunning artistry.
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