The cutest little stacked stones dangling inside a forged oval hoop. Vibrant shades of blue and green, water and earth. The stones are lapis, turquoise and Canadian jade. Handmade Shepherd hook earwires. Measure approximately 1”. 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 Lapis: Lapis is a semiprecious stone valued for its deep-blue color caused by the presence of the mineral lazurite, which is the source of the pigment ultramarine. Lapis is an ancient stone with history that dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was used as a favorite stone for amulets and ornaments such as scarabs; it was also used by the Assyrians and Babylonians for seals. Lapis jewelry has been found at excavations of the Predynastic Egyptian site Naqada (3300–3100 BC), and powdered lapis was used as eyeshadow by Cleopatra. In Medieval times, lapis was used as pigment for artists’ paint.
About Canadian Jade: Canadaian jade is a form of nephrite jade. Canadian jade has the same mineral composition as hetian-yu, the most well-known nephrite jade in China. According to some documents, jade deposits in BC were first identified by Chinese settlers in 1886 when passing through Victoria for the gold fields along the Fraser River and the Dewdney Trail from Hope to Kootenays hunting for gold, when jade was considered worthless by European miners. There was a document also mentioned that Cixi, the powerful Queen of Qing Dynasty loved Yi-Qi made from Canadian green jade.
Jade is a stone of the heart. It can attract and enhance love of all kinds. It is also a stone of fidelity and generosity. It is also considered to be good for the physical heart and for emotional balance and stability.
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