Ref 1769

Ref 1769
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Ref 1769

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  • There is nothing complex about this necklace.  It simply highlights the rare, vibrant, natural green turquoise slices, full of varied patterns and shapes.

  • When most people think of turquoise, a teal colour comes to mind.  But if turquoise forms with less copper and more aluminium, the material tends to be green. And when zinc is also present, it can result in a rare, brilliant green colour. Veining is normal for green turquoise and the matrix of colours can vary from brown to black. These special hues are only found in a few areas, including Mongolia and the United States.

  • Each slice is different in shape and size, but roughly the widest is 1 ¾ of an inch (4.5 cm) and the longest slice is 2 ¾ inches across (7 cm). The depth is 5.5 mm.

  • I have complemented this wonderful turquoise with the vintage (also now rare) handmade, traditional Afghan 18K gold on hardened resin beads (13 mm).  Towards the back of the necklace, there are smaller Afghan beads of 18K gold on silver on hardened resin (8mm).

  • The Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan, his people brought many skills, one of which was working in gold.  Like the Romans, centuries later, a yellow, 18 ct gold was used. But one of the techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly.  For me, this handiwork and yellow gold colour gives the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.

  • The clasp is a 14K gold toggle clasp.  I prefer using toggle clasps because they are easy to use and quite secure.

  • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.

  • The necklace is 19 ¼ inches long (49 cm).