I recently finished a book that I really loved. Here is the last bite of Ellen Meloy's The Anthropology of Turquoise that I simply can't stop thinking about...
"I would keep my turquoise, not trade it for anything. It is the stone that strengthens the eyes, says the Persians, the desert dweller's equivalent of a bulletproof vest against pain or demonic influences. It is water, say the Zuni. For the Aztecs this is the color that supplies the heart. For me it is simply instinct, and perhaps this is all that a person can try to put into each of her days: attention to the radiance, a rise to the full chase of beauty."
I've named each strand after a River in the lower 48 so you might be able to distinguish just the perfect strand for yourself. These are all wildly green with warm tan browns, some moreso than others. As a river might be. There's nothing to me more radiant than a beloved river and her banks in the time of day where light turns to liquid gold.
THIS PARTICULAR STRAND is mostly tans and earthy greens!
Barrel Turquoise beads and 14k Gold Fill! I've strung my most favorite finds from Tucson this winter into simple strands of Turquoise for you, with a little glamour, in GOLD! Each strand is just a little different. These range in the greens and tan-browns for Chinese Turquoise, some with lots of matrix, and some nearly opaque.
Necklaces measure 16" with 14k Gold Fill components in entirety, with lobster clasp and my signature coin on each dangling from the clasp hook. OOAK in a series for the river, Summer 2023. This necklace is wildly easy to wear with just about anything and stacked over top anything. I've had mine as a prototype for months now, and have yet to take it off!