Friday, March 29, 2013

Turquoise Necklaces

I love turquoise .. working with it and wearing it. Here are a couple of necklaces I've made in the past couple of weeks. These are all made with turquoise from the Kingman mine, which I got at this years Tucson Gem Show.

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. :)

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