Once again we used the beautiful canyon colors of the west in this chunky turquoise and lion's paw necklace. The large ground lion's paw beads are very hard to come by and often cost as much as fine turquoise. The last gem and rock show we attended only one dealer out of the hundreds that were they had any, and he knew it. Even when we wanted to purchase all he had (which was not a lot) he could not budge on the price. But to me lion's paw is a must have, in any jewelry collection.
We paired the lovely lion's paw with Sonora turquoise. Also known as Mexican Turquoise - Sonoran Blue Turquoise has been a prized gem in Mexico for thousands of years, dating back to the Toltec civilization and the Aztecs. Sonoran Blue Turquoise has black oxide matrices that contains embedded shiny Pyrite flakes giving a vivid contrast between the beautiful blue and sparkly black veins.
We accented this piece with large 10mm stamped sterling beads and they finished the ends with smaller lion's paw beads.
Finally we finished the necklace by adding a vintage sterling cross set with rectangular cut and polished pieces of Lion's paw, spiny oyster, gaspeite and turquoise. Set around the cross are small round stones, that I believe are purple spiny oyster, but they might be amethyst. The cross is finished with large bail set with an oval cut piece of spiny oyster. Signed Mario D sterling.
Stones/Shell Pendant: Turquoise, Gaspeite, Purple and Orange Spiny Oyster, Lion's Paw
Stones/Shell Necklace: Sonoran Turquoise Nuggets and Lions Paw
Size of Pendant: 2 3/4" by 3/8" with bail, 2" by 3/8" without bail
Necklace Length: 25"
Weight: 140.5 grams