18504(Please use this number referring to this item)
Nice Southwestern style open curved bracelet 1/4" wide with a single chunk of Kingman turquoise in the center. Lots of touchmarks, designs around the bangle. Not signed but tests sterling. I believe this is of SW Indian origin. Very attractive when worn.
Turquoise is one of the first gems to be used in jewelry as far back as 5000 B.C. Found in China, Tibet, Afghanistan, Mexico and the Mid-East as well as Arizona and New Mexico,turquoise is a soft blue unless iron is present to make it more green. It sometimes has a rock matrix or inclusions of black, brown or gray. It was and is popular with many cultures including the American Indian. The name comes from a French word meaning "Turkish" probably because most of the stones came to Europe through Turkey and Persia. Turquoise is surrounded by legends and beliefs. Oriental cultures believe turquoise wards off evil. Aztecs called turquoise "stone of the gods". Germans believed it a love token. North American Indians used turquoise as a monetary exchange as well as for ornamentation and ceremonies. They believed it represented the sea and sky. A 15th century legend was that the stone would lose its color when the owner is unwell or in danger and then regain the color when the danger has passed. True turquoise should be cleaned only with warm soapy water, never chemical cleaners or use "Wadding polish" to polish your jewelry including the turquoise. It is also effective on coral and jade. For more interesting information on turquoise jewelry CLICK HERE !
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