Morenci Turquoise Pendant with Pyrite
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This handcrafted pendant features the most incredible piece of Morenci Turquoise that is the most beautiful deep blue, with a stunning black and matrix weaving through it. The Turquoise is also filled with chunks of golden Pyrite, that glisten and sparkle whenever the light hits them.
The pendant setting has been made with a thick sterling silver hand-sawed backing, a fine silver bezel around the stone, sterling silver trims, sterling silver ball accents, and a sterling silver diamond detail at her very bottom. . The pendant has then been sanded, oxidized in parts for contrast, and polished to a high shine. She hangs from a 72cm adjustable black organic cotton cord, which means that she can be worn as a choker, a long layering necklace, or at any length in between.
Like all my work, this pendant is a completely unique piece made entirely by hand and hammer, using recycled precious metals, cruelty-free materials and environmentally-friendly methods.
Total Pendant Height: 50mm approx.
Total Pendant Width: 20mm approx.
💎 MORENCI 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.
Morenci Turquoise is often considered to be one of world's most beautiful types of Turquoise, and it originates from the Morenci Turquoise mine in south-eastern Arizona. Although closed in the late 1970's, the Morenci Turquoise Mine produced some of the finest Turquoise that has ever come out of the ground! It is high to light blue in colour, with a wonderful "Birdseye" or "Water Web" matrix pattern, often filled with beautiful Iron Pyrite that looks like Silver, and black iron spiderweb matrix. The name is derived from the large open pit Morenci copper mine, where a great deal of turquoise from. Morenci Turquoise is highly collectible, due to it becoming so difficult to obtain.
💎 PYRITE LORE:
The name Pyrite comes from the Greek word 'pyr', which means fire. This is because Pyrite creates sparks when it’s struck forcefully by iron. Pyrite was highly prized by the native Indian tribes of the Americas as a healing stone of magic, and was polished into mirrors for gazing and divination. Before the 1800’s, it was favoured as a decorative stone, carved into rosettes, shoe buckles, rings, snuff boxes and other ornaments, and was extremely popular in England during the Victorian Age for its use in jewellery.
Pyrite is most noted for its nickname, “Fool’s Gold,” the glittering rock notoriously mistaken by naïve prospectors as real gold. It was also used by dishonest mine owners to salt their mines for the purpose of convincing people they were still gold-producers.
Pyrite is considered by many to be a protective, shielding stone. and it is thought to be an excellent gem to wear or carry as an amulet to deflect harm and danger. A piece of Pyrite in the home or workplace is also often thought to energise the area around it, imparting an immediate increase in vitality.
As well as having these properties, Pyrite is also thought to inspire creativity in art, mathematics, science, architecture and many disciplines, especially those that recognize the inherent perfection and harmonious symmetry of nature and the universe. It stirs the qualities of ambition, commitment and perseverance, and is an ideal stone for students.