Vibrant lime green Chinese Turquoise nuggets (dyed to enhance colour) strung next to each other form this chunky piece. Adorned with an exquisite sterling silver clasp and beautifully detailed Thai Silver beads, the necklace measures 47.50 cm in total length.
TURQUOISE - is an opaque blue to greenish stone, hydrous phosphate of aluminium with some copper and iron. Different colours of turquoise, varying from sky blue to nearly green occur in untreated turquoise. Brown or gray streaks in turquoise are caused by the "matrix", or "mother stone”, from which the gemstone is mined. Native Americans associated the colours of the stone with the blue sky and the green earth. The word turquoise was derived around 16th century from the French word turquie, for Iranian material which was early imported through Turkey. It is believed to attract money success and love. Its power includes protection, healing, courage, friendship and luck. Turquoise is very porous by nature which allows it to absorb any pollutant that it comes in contact with, including oils from the skin. Stabilized turquoise has been treated by various methods to reduce the porosity, thus making less changeable over time.