Hand-Carved Chalcociderite Necklace


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Chalcociderite Necklace

Chalcociderite Necklace from the New Lander mine in Nevada, with each stone hand-cut by Santa Fe artist Scott Diffrient. The necklace measures 19.5″ long and accented with 18k gold clasp.

Chalcosiderite – A Rare Cousin of Turquoise

One of our all time favorite gems is Chalcociderite.  This rare natural gem is a rare cousin of Turquoise.This gem is stunningly beautiful and comes all sorts of colors from tan to green to orange, white and yellow.  Often called Turquoise in the past it has come into its own in recent years in the jewelry world. With the growing popularity of Variscite, Chalcosiderite has also moved up in the gem world as it should have long ago.  Infact, most of what is being called Nevada Variscite is actually Chalcosiderite.

Chalcosiderite is beloved for its wonderful colors, hardness and matrix patterns.  Most of the high grade Chalcosiderite is features stunning spiderweb matrix.  Many good examples come from Nevada.  Such mines as the famous Damele mine, New Lander mine, and the Colorback mine to name a few greatly added to the popularity of high grade Chalcociderite.  Most of this material was sold early on as Turquoise.  Almost all of this material features gorgeous black spiderweb matrix.

Santa Fe Artist: Scott Diffrient scottdiff

Scott Diffrient is a contemporary artist who is willing to invest the time and precision necessary to produce fine works of art. His jewelry is influenced by his love of ancient cultures. His designs are reminiscent of ancient architecture.

From his light filled studio in Galisteo, Diffrient works with rough stones of high quality, predominately North American natural turquoise, as well as stones from around the world, such as sugilite, coral, jade, lapis, lazuli, and more. The Southwest has provided a constant source of inspiration for Diffrient’s “modern artifacts”. His rings, bracelets, earrings, belt buckles, cuff links and necklaces reside in collections of bead and jewelry enthusiasts across the country and are prized as treasured personal adornments, as well as highly valued collectibles.

His artistry, influenced by his love of ancient cultures, imparts an ancient charismatic power to each piece.