Wire Wrapped Genuine Turquoise Earrings Blue Stone Sterling Silver Handmade Dangly

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Wire Wrapped Genuine Turquoise Earrings Blue Stone Sterling Silver Handmade Dangly

These handmade wire wrapped sterling silver earrings are made with a genuine gemstone cabochon of saturated, vivid blue green and blue turquoise. I love the color of this turquoise. The main blue is a dark, very saturated blue/green with a center of a lighter blue. PLEASE NOTE: They appear in person, to me, to be darker than in the pictures. How you see it, will depend on the light, too, but I do think the camera favored the blue more than the blue/green.

This is Chinese turquoise. It has been backed for strength and I believe it has been stabilized for hardness. I am a lover of Chinese turquoise and I use it a lot because it is so beautiful for the cost! Good American turquoise is just soooo expensive. The Chinese variety is equally beautiful, in my opinion- some of it even more so.

Like I do with all of my sterling silver jewelry, I used heavy gauge, solid sterling silver (not coated, filled or plated) wire to make sturdy wire art settings for these pretty stones. These include sturdy, handmade, solid sterling silver earwires.

stones ---- 30 x 15mm
earrings with the earwires ---- 2.46" / 62mm long; .72" / 18mm wide

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More About Turquoise:

Those who are new to cabochon jewelry probably think of turquoise first when they envision cabochon jewelry. It's no wonder why. It has been popular in jewelry since ancient times and one of the most renowned gems, right alongside lapis.

Turquoise is an opaque stone. The color runs from turquoise blue to robin's egg blue (Persian Blue) to blue green and green. It is one of the many copper bearing gems. The more copper, the more blue and the more iron; the more green and if there is some zinc thrown in it gives a yellow cast. Turquoise is soft (5-6 on the Mohs scale of hardness). It can be crumbly and difficult to work.

In finer grades, turquoise is very rare and valuable. It must be both hard and color stable. The very best natural turquoise is beyond the budget of the average person and is valued by the carat weight. The grade and treatment of turquoise will effect the price. Medium to low grade turquoise is often stabilized. As long as it is disclosed, there is nothing wrong with stabilization, although it does lower the value. Stabilization creates a harder more durable stone allowing more of the softer yet beautiful turquoise to be used in jewelry. Stabilization is very common and not the same as color treating which is done to the lowest grade turquoise. Another benefit of stabilization is that it keeps the turquoise from changing color due to the oil in your skin, which untreated turquoise can do.

The most highly valued turquoise is/was found in Iran (Persia). It is valued for the pure, solid robin's egg blue. It is very rare now. Some American natural turquoise is very valuable, if not AS valuable, with a premium placed on the color, hardness, location and matrix pattern or dark spiderwebbing in the stone. It is found in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Utah and Virginia. China (Hubei Province) has been offering turquoise recently. Prices of the better Chinese turquoise is also on the rise and the best of it truly does rival the American turquoise. It offers great affordability and a good investment. However, some unscrupulous dealers are passing it off as the more expensive American turquoise. One needs to know their turquoise to avoid a costly mistake.

This is a very brief general discussion of turquoise. If one wants to collect turquoise jewelry, one should study the many available resources.

Here is a great article at Fire Mountain Gems about Chinese turquoise mines closing:
http://www.firemountaingems.com/printdocs/printdocs.asp?docid=b7g0
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