This handcrafted pendant features an incredible New Mexico Blue Turquoise, filled with a matrix of Pyrite against the stunningly bright-blue stone. The Turquoise itself measures approximately 27m x 22mm, and has been set in a pendant made with a solid sterling silver bail, a thick sterling silver hand-sawed backing, a fine silver bezel around the stone, and sterling silver trims and ball accents. it is also complimented with a little accent made from hand-stamping an arrow symbol into molten sterling silver. The pendant has then been sanded, oxidised in parts for contrast, and polished to a high shine. It hangs from an adjustable organic cotton cord, so that it can be adjusted from a choker to a long layering necklace, and anything in between! Like all my work, this pendant is a completely unique piece, made by hand, from recycled silver, cruelty-free materials and environmentally-friendly methods!
Total Pendant Length: 47mm approx.
Total Pendant Width: 27mm approx.
💎NEW MEXICO BLUE 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.
New Mexico Blue Turquoise is found hills of Cerrillos, New Mexico. It is coveted for its rich blue hue, and the appearance of golden Pyrite within the stone.
⇺ 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.