In the Andes mountains at elevations of more than 12,000 feet, open trenches accessible only by mule yield gleaming stones, including lapis lazuli, the national stone of Chile. The Inca kingdom flourished in this part of the world, and today jewelers in family-owned shops in Santiago draw on geometric Inca designs to create pieces that blend history and geography into wearable art. The tapered forms of these lapis lazuli, turquoise, jasper, chrysocolla, and pyrite stones, outlined in sterling silver, echo the shape of ancient stone doorways found at Incan ruins.
As soon as the necklace (and matching earrings) arrived, I had to put it on -- and post a selfie on FaceBook. Others love the necklace as much as I do. It goes with all manner of blouses/shirts with its color-array. In fact, I have it on this very moment! The workmanship is excellent and I appreciate the safety clasp (which you can actually maneuver blind to close -- another plus!). This was my birthday gift to self. I'd tell others where I got it, but I like being the only one who has this in my jewelry collection. Let the others eat their hearts out! :-)
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On the road to Ayutthaya, six women work
together in a jewelry-making studio, immersed in traditional Thai culture. Delicate clusters of faceted tourmaline and amethyst sparkle against 14-karat gold vermeil in these accents, inspired by those worn by Thai royalty ...
Druzy is the sparkling crystal surface that forms
on rocks like agate and quartz over millions of years as moisture builds up and evaporates. Each glittering cross-section of agate druzy is hand-sourced in Uruguay, then plated with 14-karat gold foil ...
Two-thousand years ago, the aqua-hued glass fragments in
this unique jewelry were part of a vase, jug, or vessel. It may have been a wineglass used to toast a business deal, a temple vessel that held holy oil, a bottle ...