This lovely necklace is made from natural Hubei Turquoise oval nuggets in shades of blue, green and teal in a black matrix and webbing, along with smooth nuggets of black Obsidian. Between these gorgeous beads, I have placed faceted black Onyx rondelles flanked by a pair of beaded brass spacers. The pictures show the variation in color and black matrix of the Turquoise nuggets on either side of the same bead. Closure is provided by an oval-shaped bronze toggle with a blue-green patina, mirroring the Turquoise nuggets.
Turquoise is associated with gods and goddesses of many ancient cultures from China, the Middle East, and the Americas. It was worn by Pharaohs and Aztec Kings. Native Americans used the stone symbolizing the sea and sky coming together, to bless warriors and hunters. Turquoise is thought to attract prosperity and success, enhance creativity and communication. Turquoise is the alternate birthstone for December. The best Turquoise from China comes from the Hubei mines and such finds will get rarer as their value increases.
Obsidian is found where recent volcanic activity has occurred and is formed when lava comes into contact with water (oceans and lakes) and is cooled quickly to produce the glassy gemstone. Iron and Magnesium give it the dark green to black color. It can be polished to a shiny surface or a sharp point and was used as mirrors and tools in ancient times. Natural healers use it to cure depression and grief.
Length: 23.5 inches.
Beading Wire: 0.19"/49 strand clear-coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with 14K gold-filled crimps and crimp covers.
Bead size: 14 to 19 mm x 27 to 33 mm Turquoise ovals: 4 x 6 mm Onyx rondelles; 15 x 30 mm Obsidian nuggets.
Earrings: 1 and 3/4 inches from your piercing. All ear wires from Sundancegems come with a clear medical grade PVC ear clutch or stopper. These fit snug on the ear wire, and prevent you from loosing your earrings.
Care: Clean with soft fabric, or non-abrasive polishing cloth. Avoid direct contact with perfumes, hairspray, and deodorants. Jewelry should be worn after application of cosmetics. Store wrapped in soft fabric or sealed in plastic bag.
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Photographs by Michael Santerre.
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Hubei Turquoise and Obsidian Necklace and Earrings