Turquoise has been mined for thousands of years and it's one of the most popular and highly sought after of all gemstones. It's a stone that we love to use in our pendants and no two pieces in our collection are the same. This eye-catching turquoise pendant is slightly chunkier and features a highly polished turquoise stone from Nepal. In fact it's only the sterling silver setting that's slightly wider/chunkier because the stone is not a traditional cabochon. A cabochon describes the way that a stone is cut and polished and it usually has a flat base and a gently rounded surface, as you'll see from our third photo in which this turquoise pendant is laying face down, the back of the gemstone certainly isn't flat.
In the Sinai Peninsula in 6000 BC records show thousands of workers were involved in mining operations for turquoise and 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 quite incredible 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 the mineral formed. One of the very few minerals to have attributed its name to a colour, it varies from the lightest of blue to apple green and although quite rare, hues of yellow can also sometimes be seen. 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 personal 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