Dramatic Turquoise Pendant
Large and chunky turquoise gemstone pendant designed for Stone Mania in a hand-made sterling silver setting. To appreciate the finer detail in this ancient mineral drop by our page on Flickr where you'll find a larger photo of this gemstone pendant.
The mineral turquoise was first mined in the Sinai Peninsula more than 8000 years ago by the Pharaoh Semerkhet and many magnificent artifacts have since been discovered in Ancient Egyptian burial chambers. It was the first gemstone to be imitated and today producing fake material is big business around the world. Many seemingly beautiful pieces of turquoise that we've come across during our time in business have actually been fake. Howlite which is a white coloured stone is often used because it exhibits similar dark coloured veins or matrix as turquoise and being porous means that it absorbs dye particularly well.
Despite having been widely used as a lapidary material for thousands of years turquoise is surprisingly fragile so must be well looked after in order for it to remain in tip top condition. With regards to turquoise jewellery we recommend stones be wiped with a soft cloth before and after being worn and be kept in a protective pouch or covered with soft material. Pollutants in the atmosphere including perfume and hairspray can in the long term cause stones to lose colour, mark or in the worst case scenario even crack. The colourful gift pouch that comes with this ladies pendant will offer some protection and will also help minimise any build-up of tarnish on the sterling silver.
Turquoise which is the modern birthstone for the month of December grades 5 to 6 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
Weight (grams) : 41.4
Measurements (cms) : 5.6 x 4.5 x 1.1