Pure happiness. Trios of bright turquoise dangle from stacks of lapis, raspberry jade, and phosphosiderite. Made for adventures. Handmade Shepherd hook earwires. Measure 1 1/2”. 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 Phosphosiderite: Phosphosiderite is definitely a mouthful to say, but essentially means that this stone is a combination of phosphorous and iron. Phosphosiderite is often found in shades of pink, purple, lilac, red, or brown. This is a relatively rare stone and can be found in only a couple of places in the world. Many believe that phosphosiderite holds universal power and is often used in meditation. It is thought that this stone brings happiness, relaxation, and restores emotional equilibrium.
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 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.
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