What summer is made of. These remind me of a brightly colored popsicle on a hot summer day. Turquoise, Canadian jade and sunstone dangle inside hand forged silver oval hoops. Small but mighty. 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 Jade: Jade is the term applied to forms of jadeite and nephrite. These minerals are similar in appearance and a distinction between the two often is not made. But, because of its more intense color and translucency, jadeite now brings higher prices and is thought to be the true jade. Both beautiful and durable, jade has been used since prehistoric times for its ornamental and practical qualities. Since at least 2950 BC, jade has been treasured in China as the royal gemstone, yu. The word yu is used in Chinese to call something precious, as in English we use gold.
About Sunstone: Sunstone, also called Heliolite, is the State Gem of Oregon, a prime source for this beautiful gem. The name Heliolite has been derived from the Greek 'helios' and 'lithos,' which mean 'sun' and 'stone'. Sunstone is metallic in appearance and comes in red, orange or green colors. Sunstone is formed in molten lava and is discharged onto the surface with the help of a volcano. The lava weathers away or is broken. Fine crystals of sunstone is then released. The Oregon sunstone is found with copper in it which is the cause for the range of colors in the stone from water color to yellow and many shades of green, red and pink. In ancient times, this stone was used by natives for barter. It was also believed by the Vikings to be a talisman for navigation.
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