These handcrafted statement earrings feature two incredible pieces of Kingman Turquoise that are both an unbelievable bright blue, filled with a stunning black matrix weaving through each stone. The stones themselves measure approximately 32mm x 18mm each, and the settings have been made with solid sterling silver hooks, thick sterling silver hand-sawed backings, fine silver bezel settings around each stone, and sterling silver molten ball accents. They are also complimented with two accents made from hand-stamping an arrow symbol into molten sterling silver. The earrings have then been sanded smooth, oxidised in parts for contrast and polished to a high shine. Like all my work, they are a completely unique piece made entirely by hand, using recycled silver, environmentally-friendly methods and cruelty-free materials!
Total Drop Length: 52mm approx.
Total Width: 19mm approx.
💎 KINGMAN TURQUOISE LORE:
Turquoise is perhaps the oldest stone in man's history, the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors. Among the Ancient Egyptians, Persians and Chinese, Aztecs and Incas of South America, and Native North Americans, Turquoise was sacred in its adornment and for power, luck, and protection.
Wearing Turquoise is said to bring strength, protection from harm, psychic sensitivity and good fortune. It is a symbol of friendship, aids wearers while traveling and brings peace to the home.
The Kingman Turquoise Mine is one of the oldest and highest producing Turquoise Mines in America. It is located in the Acerbate Mountains 14 miles northwest of Kingman, Arizona in the United States. It was originally discovered well over 1000 years ago and was actually part of a Turquoise boom around 1000 AD when the Mayan culture was using a lot of Turquoise for self adornments and ceremonial items.
⇺ The Lore of the Arrow ⇻
The Arrow is a symbol drenched in history and meaning dating back at least 10,000 years. In Ancient Greek and Roman Mythology, the Sun God Apollo and his twin sister Diana (also known as Artemis; Goddess of the Moon) used arrows as their weapons of choice, signifying the light of supreme power. The god of love Eros (perhaps more commonly known as Cupid), used his arrows to make gods, heroes and common people alike fall in love.
For Native Americans, the arrow was a tool for hunting and for protection, dating back thousands of years. To them, it also symbolised the sustenance of life. In ancient times, Arabians, Chaldeans, Greeks and Tibetans also used arrows to try and tell the future, in a practice called Belomancy. To do this, they would shoot arrows into the air, attempting to read a meaning from the direction of the arrows or from their positions in relation to each other.
In modern times, there is much acceptance that arrows still carry the symbolism that has been passed down from many of these ancient cultures and practices. They are thought to signify and promote concentration, reaching goals, protection, sustenance and moving forward. Arrows pointing down are thought to symbolise peace, arrows pointing up are thought to symbolise positivity and crossed arrows are thought to represent friendship and close ties.
In creating Tales of Turquoise, I chose arrows to complement this collection because I wanted to work with a symbol that carried with it as much history and power as the Turquoise stones I was using. For me, the arrow evokes images of wide open spaces, vast deserts or mountainous ranges far from home. They also remind me of the two trips I have taken through Nevada and Arizona in the United States in the last four years, where I acquired much of the Turquoise that I used in this collection.