This necklace combines Nacozari turquoise from the Southwest, melon shell heishis, and a turquoise inlaid amulet pendant from Tibet. The blending of elements from diverse regions results in a look that is distinctive and unique.
The slender tabular pendant was hand-crafted in Katmandu, Nepal, by Tibetan artists. The front and back of the pendant are silver metal which has been inscribed and antiqued, and the sides are inlaid with genuine turquoise. One side of the pendant is engraved with the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” and the other is incised with Tibetan symbols of wealth, prosperity, health, and fortune. To compliment and highlight the pendant, I combined genuine Nacozari turquoise and melon shell heishis. The sections of turquoise and melon shell heishis are interspersed with silver-plate beads which add fluidity and contrast. The Nacozari turquoise is a wonderful quality with excellent color, bits of matrix, and consistent size. A JBB silver plate hook clasp completes the design.
The necklace measures 19 inches in length, and the pendant measures 3/8 of an inch wide and 2 ¼ inches in length. The primary elements of the necklace are significant to many cultures. Turquoise has been considered a truth stone and is also believed to improve mental clarity as well as having protective qualities. The mantra inscribed on the amulet is thought to invoke benevolence and blessings. These powerful qualities are combined in a necklace which is both unique and distinctive.