A pathway of delicate red-orange sunstones lines the sides of this chain. A rich turquoise briolette hangs below from a silver circle and is accented with a hand-stamped lone leaf. Reminiscent of a desert sunset. Chain measures 17-18″ with lobster clasp and adjustable length chain closure. Sterling silver, which has been oxidized and hand polished for an antique finish.
About Sunstone: Sunstone, also called Heliolite, is the State Gem of Oregon, a prime source for this beautiful gem. The name Heliolite has been derived from the Greek ‘helios’ and ‘lithos,’ which means ‘sun’ and ‘stone’. Sunstone is metallic in appearance and comes in red, orange, or green colors. Sunstone is formed in molten lava and is discharged onto the surface with the help of a volcano. The lava weathers away or is broken. Fine crystals of sunstone are then released. The Oregon sunstone is found with copper in it which is the cause for the range of colors in the stone from watercolor to yellow and many shades of green, red, and pink. In ancient times, this stone was used by natives for barter. It was also believed by the Vikings to be a talisman for navigation.
About turquoise: The name turquoise means “Turkish stone” because the trade route that brought it to Europe came via Turkey. Turquoise is a non-translucent stone of which the most valuable specimens are robin’s egg blue or deep-blue azure. It also comes in brown, yellow, and many shades of green. The veins are inclusions from nearby rock fragments or oxides that form during the creation of turquoise.
Turquoise, the gemstone worn by pharaohs and Aztec kings, is probably one of the oldest gemstones known. Native Americans and many of the Indian tribes in Mexico used turquoise for currency, and the stone is still associated with the religious rites of the Navajo. Because it remains fashionable, turquoise is quite highly prized, although it is fairly plentiful.
Handcrafted by Sarah DeAngelo in Lakewood, Colorado.
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