Chunky turquoise pendant featuring a highly polished gemstone originating from Nepal. This popular mineral has been mined for thousands of years and is still one of the most highly sought after of all gemstones. This eye-catching turquoise pendant is slightly chunkier because the sterling silver setting is slightly wider than the stone itself for reasons that can be seen in our third photo.
In the Sinai Peninsula in 6000 BC records show that thousands of workers were involved in mining operations for turquoise. Archaeologists have also discovered that many Ancient Egyptian tombs were filled with beautiful turquoise artifacts. Whilst most people appreciate that rocks and minerals have been worn and used by man for thousands of years, it's still fascinating to think that turquoise was being mined and worn as a gemstone four thousand years before the birth of Christ.
The dark spidery lines that make up the patterns in turquoise are known as matrix and they're the remnants of the host rock in which this natural mineral formed. One of the very few minerals to have attributed its name to a colour, shades vary from light blue to apple green and although quite rare, hues of yellow can also be present. The blue colouration in turquoise is the result of copper and green is caused by iron.
Turquoise is the birthstone for the month of December. which makes this ladies pendant a wonderful gift for anyone whose birthday falls at this time of the year.
Weight (grams): 27.3
Measurements (cms): 4.3 x 3.6 x 0.8