Mid-Century Chrysocolla Brooch/Pendant
This is a GORGEOUS green Chrysocolla brooch and pendant that was made in Israel in the 1950's. Chrysocolla is made from the Eliat stone which the National stone of Israel, and is also known as the King Solomon Stone. Legend has it that Eilat stone was originally quarried in King Solomon's mines in Africa--which is partly why it is the national stone of Israel. The rich, vibrant blue and green colors of chrysocolla are reminiscent of looking down upon the earth's surface from space. This pendant can easily be added to the chain of your choice to wear as a necklace. Or use it as a brooch. We love brooches and we add them to everything! Purses, scarves, coats, dresses, ties, and hats all looks amazing with brooches added. The stone is set in a sterling silver bezel marked 935 on the back and Made in Israel.
Eilat Stone derives its name from the city of Eilat where it was once mined, it is a green-blue inhomogeneous mixture of several secondary copper minerals including malachite, azurite, turquoise, pseudomalachite, chrysocolla. 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.
CONDITION: Beautiful condition! Some tarnishing to the silver in the back. The brooch pin works well. Priced similar/below comparable pieces. 10/10