Sonoran Sunrise Jasper is a beautiful stone that contains aqua blues, reds, and blacks, that are reminiscent of sunrises in the desert, where in the clear air the colors can be quite vivid and intense.
The stone is a mixture of chrysocolla and cuprite. The chrysocolla provides the blue and aqua colors, and the cuprite provides the red colors. The black color comes from either iron or the mineral tenorite.
Sonoran Sunrise Jasper comes from the Milpillas Mine in Sonora, Mexico. Unlike most copper mines which are open pit mines, this particular mine produces material that is covered by hundreds of feet of gravel.
The mine opened in 2006, and so Sonoran Sunrise Jasper is a relatively new material on the market. However, it is said that by 2011 most of the material in this mine has been extracted, and the stone has been harder to get in recent times, particularly stones showing the richness of the blues and reds.
From a metaphysical standpoint, the stone is said to combine the healing properties of both chrysocolla and cuprite. Chrysocolla is said to provide feelings of peace, calmness, and tranquility. Cuprite is said to provide relief from anxiety.