Believed to bestow the wearer with courage, luck, health, and protection, turquoise has been used in jewelry making for millennia by cultures as diverse as the Navajo, ancient Egyptians, and Tibetans. This sterling silver bracelet is handcrafted by Navajo artisans in Arizona and features five smooth turquoise stones.
Handcrafted in Arizona. 1/2"W x 2 1/2" diameter.
Turquoise can range in color from light yellow-green to dark blue, and usually contains turquoise matrix, the dark veins of other minerals with which it developed. It figures in the creation myth of the Anasazi Indians, who tell that the tribe first entered the world through the mouth of a New Mexico cave that is now a turquoise mine. In Tibet, the sky is called "the turquoise of heaven," and both men and women value jewelry featuring the gem in sky blue hues. Turquoise is sometimes given as a love token to one's betrothed, because its color is said to remain pure as long as the affection lasts.
The Mae Ping River in Chiang Mai, Thailand,
and the teak houses that line its banks serve as the inspiration for the yellow-gray jasper, black onyx, and orange agate beads that flow between two strands of leather in this chic ...