Earthy undertones complemented by vibrant turquoise. These sunstone, citrine and turquoise beaded silver earrings are just too perfect. Beautiful like the desert on an early evening night. Measures 1 1/4″. Lever back ear-wires. Sterling silver, which has been oxidized and hand polished for an antique finish.
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.
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 Citrine: Citrine is a variety of quartz whose color ranges from a pale yellow to brown. Citrine has a long history including being mentioned in the old testament as one of the breastplate stones and served as a protective talisman for medieval Celts and Scots. But it was really Queen Victoria (r. 1837-1901) and her love of all things Scottish, who instigated the fashion for citrine jewelry.
Handcrafted by Sarah DeAngelo in Lakewood, Colorado.
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