I decided that the tree of life deserved some of the most beautiful turquoise available, so I paired it with Royston Boulder, and the result is stunning. First the facts and then some explanation. The necklace is approximately 21 inches around, with a pendant drop of 1-1/4 inches, and fastens with a lovely hook clasp of Sterling silver plate over white bronze. The turquoise beads are graduated in size from 5mm to 10mm and are separated by 3mm Sterling silver round spacers.
The name Royston comes from the mine in Tonopah, Nevada, where the turquoise is extracted. The Royston mine is one of the last turquoise operating mines in the United States. The term "Boulder" refers to turquoise that has been cut in such a way that part of the mother rock where it grew is included, thus adding even more variation and beauty to the design.
This necklace gives a hint as to the beauty of Royston Boulder. One of these days I will create a piece with larger beads, so you can see it in all its glory.
If you are shopping for holiday gifts, please buy early, as I can no longer dash to the Post Office on a moment's notice the way I used to.