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Copper Nugget Keepsake Charm Necklace Bisbee Arizona Hand Fabricated

Copper Nugget Keepsake Charm Necklace Bisbee Arizona Hand Fabricated

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A sweet one-of-a-kind charm necklace featuring a genuine raw copper ore nugget from the Lavender Pit near Bisbee, Arizona, and a hand stamped copper tag identifying the nugget with the words 'BISBEE AZ'

Hand fabricated charms by yours truly! Matte antiqued finish, sealed with clear matte enamel.

Charm cluster: Approx. one inch long. 

Chain: 20 inches long, Rose Gold PVD coated stainless steel, fastens with a lobster claw clasp. Rose Gold is a nice match for copper.

Stainless steel is durable, strong, and won't tarnish or change colors. 

About the Lavender Pit by Wikipedia:

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Lavender Pit
A specimen of Brochantite from the Lavender Pit

The Lavender Pit is a former open pit copper mine near Bisbee in Cochise County, Arizona, United States. It is located near the famous Copper Queen Mine. The Lavender Pit was named in honor of Harrison M. Lavender (1890–1952), who as Vice-President and General Manager of Phelps Dodge Corporation, conceived and carried out this plan for making the previously unprofitable low-grade copper bearing rock of the area into commercial copper ore.

Phelps Dodge Corporation opened the Lavender Pit in 1950, at the site of the earlier, higher-grade Sacramento Hill mine. Production through 1974 totaled 86 million tons of ore averaging about 0.7% copper, or about 600,000 tons of copper produced, with gold and silver as byproducts. About 256 million tons of waste were stripped, but a portion of this was acid-leached for additional copper.[1] Turquoise was also a by-product of this mining activity. Bisbee turquoise, also known as Bisbee Blue, is amongst the finest turquoise found anywhere in the world.[2] Mining operations in the pit ended in 1974. The undeveloped Cochise deposit, located immediately north of the Lavender pit, contains an estimated 190 million tons of rock containing 0.4% acid-soluble copper,[3] which may be mined in the future.

Because of the competent host rock, this pit has much steeper sides than other open pit copper mines in the southwest area. The pit covers an area of 300 acres (1.2 km2), and is 900 feet (274 m) deep. Large tonnages of dump rock are placed around Bisbee, notably north of the residential district of Warren and other parts of the southeastern Mule Mountains area.

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Azteca Designs jewelry is hand-fabricated one unique piece at a time by me!  Most of my work features intentional oxidation and patina. This finish is not meant to be removed, however, a small polishing cloth is included with silver jewelry orders and you may use this to gently clean your silver jewelry if it begins to tarnish. 

Some gemstones are more delicate than others. Please wear pieces with care. I recommend removing all jewelry before strenuous activity or bathing/swimming.

Most orders ship in 1-3 business days.

Please contact me with any questions you may have PRIOR to making your purchase!