Sleeping beauty turquoise is one of the most sought after types of turquoise due to it’s beautiful pure robin’s egg blue color and little or no matrix. This large stunningly beautiful pear shaped sleeping beauty turquoise is set in a 22k gold bezel and surround by a border of oxidized sterling sliver. When you turn the pendant over you’ll discover a cut out of a iris with the beautiful turquoise showing through. The bail top is a princess cut cubic zirconia set in 14k gold bezel and a 22k gold rope frame.
Overall pendant size: 53.50mm x 22.12mm
Turquoise Lore & History
“Turquoise is one of the world’s most ancient gems. Archaeological excavations revealed that the rulers of ancient Egypt adorned themselves with turquoise jewelry, and Chinese artisans were carving it more than 3,000 years ago. Turquoise is the national gem of Tibet, and has long been considered a stone that guarantees health, good fortune, and protection from evil.
The gem’s name comes from the French expression pierre tourques, or “Turkish stone.” The name, which originated in the thirteenth century, reflects the fact that the material probably first arrived in Europe from Turkish sources.
Turquoise was a ceremonial gem and a medium of exchange for Native American tribes in the southwestern US. They also used it in their jewelry and amulets. The Apaches believed that turquoise attached to a bow or firearm increased a hunter’s or warrior’s accuracy.
In the United States, turquoise is one of the birthstones for December. (Zircon is the other option for that month).”