The first one is made with 8mm rondell beads, called Boulder Turquoise. This is turquoise that comes from the edges of the turquoise veins, and includes a lot of the "mother" rock. Most of it is pretty copperish looking. A few years ago, when I started buying boulder turquoise, the vendor told me they used to just throw this stuff in the tailings of the mine. Now they charge an arm and a leg for it! Go figure!
This necklace is 17 1/2 inches long. You can find it in my jewelry shop here:
Boulder Turquoise Necklace
Another pic of the Boulder Turquoise Necklace
Another boulder turquoise necklace, this time made with heishi beads. Heishi is such a classic Southwestern look. And with boulder turquoise, is very organic looking! These heishi beads are about 5mm. I added some Bali sterling silver spacer beads at the back of the necklace, along with a sturdy sterling silver lobster claw. I think the Bali beads add a real nice touch.
This necklace is 16 inches long. You can find it in my jewelry shop here:
Boulder Turquoise Heishi Necklace
Here's another pic of the Boulder Turquoise Heishi Necklace, this time with one of my favorite props, my coyote helper. :)
And, another heishi bead necklace. These heishi beads are about 4mm, and are blue blue blue!
This one has nice smooth sterling silver beads for the back of the necklace, because I find that those little heishi beads like to grab onto the hair in the back. Makes it a bit more comfortable. This necklace is 17 1/2 inches long. You can find it in my jewelry shop here:
Turquoise Heishi Necklace
Here's another pic of the Turquoise Heishi Necklace
Next in the jewelry department, I'll be making some pearl necklaces. :)