Knotted Taos Sun Cross Necklace

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Uniquely Southwest. A sun cross pendant hangs from a strand of knotted turquoise, onyx, labradorite, and silver accents. When rustic beauty and femininity collide. Silk measures 17-18” with lobster clasp and adjustable length chain closure. Sterling silver, which has been oxidized and hand polished for an antique finish.

About Turquoise:  The name turquoise means "Turkish stone" because the trade route that brought it to Europe came via Turkey. Turquoise is a non-translucent stone of which the most valuable specimens are robin's egg blue or deep-blue azure.  It also comes in brown, yellow, and many shades of green. The veins are inclusions from nearby rock fragments or oxides that form during the creation of turquoise.

Turquoise, the gemstone worn by pharaohs and Aztec kings, is probably one of the oldest gemstones known. Native Americans and many of the Indian tribes in Mexico used turquoise for currency, and the stone is still associated with the religious rites of the Navajo. Because it remains fashionable, turquoise is quite highly prized, although it is fairly plentiful.

About Onyx:  The name onyx originates from the Greek word onyx for "fingernail" or "hoof," probably because of its weak transparency or possibly its color.   Onyx is one of the 12 stones mentioned in the Bible as adorning the breastplate of the high priests.  The ancient Greeks and Romans used onyx for cameos and intaglios, and in India, onyx was worn for protecting against the evil eye.   In the Middle East, onyx was used as a worry stone because people believed the gemstone absorbed negative energy — a belief that may have been produced by the Chinese miners who feared it and pulled the material out of the mine to immediately sell outside the country.  The main sources of onyx are India and South America, but it is also found in China, Madagascar, Mexico and the U.S.A.

About labradorite: Labradorite is truly a fascinatingly beautiful mineral. Its a mineral whose charm is not fully noticed and may be overlooked if not viewed from the proper position. When the light hits this plain gray stone, flashes of blue, yellow and green, called labradorescence are revealed. Labradorite was first found in 1770 on the Labrador Peninsula in Canada. It is also found in Norway, and the former USSR. Legend says that Labradorite is a power stone, allowing you to see through illusions and determine the actual form of your dreams and goals. Sounds good to me!

Your jewelry will arrive beautifully gift wrapped in a small box. Multiple items will be combined, unless separate boxes are requested. If this is a gift being shipped directly to the recipient, please let me know. I will be glad to include a note from you.

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FAQ

What is this jewelry made of?

I use quality sterling silver, 14k gold fill and 14k gold.  Occasionally I throw in some bronze, copper or brass.  I use all natural gemstones, some have been treated to enhance color.

About 14k gold fill: 14K gold filled wire is a professional jewelers grade wire. Gold filled wire is not plated. It is a tube of solid 14K gold mechanically bonded to a brass or silver base. There is 100 times more gold in gold filled than in gold plate wire. This layer of gold must be a minimum of 1/20th of the total metal weight to be called gold filled. The color looks exactly like 14k gold. It is tarnish-resistant, safe for sensitive skin and unlike gold plate, it will not wear off. It is a great way to enjoy affordable gold jewelry.

Are these pieces really handmade?

Yes.  Everything here is handmade by me. From my hands to you.  You can read more about me and my business on my about page.

Do you take returns?

My goal, always, is to make you happy. If you are unhappy with your purchase, for any reason, you may return or exchange it within 14 days of receiving it.  Custom orders, including rings, cannot be returned.  Please contact me for a return address and instructions on how to return your items.  Shipping costs will not be refunded.

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