Did you know that name for the deep blue-green stone we call turquoise is actually based on misinformation? It’s from the French word for Turkish, because European traders found the stone at Turkish bazaars and assumed it was mined nearby, although what they found was most likely from present-day Iran. Nevertheless, Turkish jewelers are known for their inventive designs, as evidenced by the ornate treasures of the Ottoman Topkapi Palace.
These hoop earrings are lined with dozens of turquoise spheres, channel-set into a frame of 22-karat gold vermeil. The design is adapted from jewelry worn by well-to-do Turkish women during the Roman Era, and coordinates with our Turkish Blue Moon Turquoise Cuff.
Less than half a mile separates Europe from
Asia at the narrowest point of Turkey’s Bosphorus strait. The Golden Horn is the name of an approximately 4-mile-long inlet whose harbor has sheltered boats for thousands of years, through four powerful ...
Russian jewelers now working in the United States
create these small treasures inspired by the jeweled eggs made by Peter Carl Fabergé for Tsar Alexander III in the late 19th century. Gold-plated sterling silver is hand-enameled, then each sparkling Swarovski ...
The Mughal court’s passion for gemstones fueled a
world-renowned jewelry-making tradition in Jaipur, India, that continues to this day. These petite, gold-vermeil earrings combine faceted ruby, sapphire, green onyx, carnelian, peridot, and labradorite in homage to Mughal opulence.