Tribute to Turquoise

Guiding us through the last days of summer is the enchanting and mysterious stone: Turquoise. The Turquoise stone is one of the most ancient gemstones known to man. With strong ties to the Egyptian and Aztec cultures, this gemstone made it’s way overseas to the US through Turkish trade. Turquoise has continued to be a vibrant stone in fashion, culture and healing. Turquoise continues to be uniquely divine in it’s power and is known as a master healer gemstone as its healing qualities are so effective and wide in range of healing. It helps heal emotion and helps dissipate sadness or grief and is known to offer its wearer with overall protection.

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18K Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and Diamond Charm on Cultured Yellow Pearls and Imperial CitrineCirca 1940 Enamel and Turquoise Paisley on Keshi PearlsCirca 1940 Turquoise Enamel Paisley drop on EmeraldsCirca 1900 King Fisher Bird Feather Medallion on Arizona Turquoise NuggetsCirca 1940 American Indian Medallion on Smoky TopazCirca 1940 American Indian Medallion on Jade Discs,Circa 1940 Afghanistan Paisley Pendant on Crysoprase and Raw RubiesCirca 1900 14K Seed Pearl and Turquoise Fly18K Turquoise Sun


While Turquoise has deep rooted meaning historically, my own personal connection with the gemstone is what inspired the creation of my Turquoise jewelry designs and Turquoise fragrance collection. I grew up in a very bohemian environment with an artist mother that adorned herself with wonderful hippie attire which included an arm full of Navaho Cuffs and bangles in Turquoise. This is what started my love of Turquoise (like mother, like daughter)!

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Turquoise: (Birthstone for December) Named after that vivid blue-green stone favored as an ornament across continents throughout the ages, Turquoise is an effervescent scent that stirs the spirit with oceanic beauty. Its youthful, enlivening top note accord of blue chamomile, grapefruit, cassis and ozone elements glistens like fragrant, sun-kissed sea spray. Turquoise’s base note accord of watery, flower-infused musks melds with mysore sandalwood for a dry down of freshly subtle depth. Certain Native American tribes revere Turquoise for its healing properties, which arguably are shared by the timeless, deep blue seas of the world that also inspired this fragrance fit for a mermaid.

 

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My love of Turquoise has extended to collecting Turquoise in it’s raw form (pictured above). For over 18 years, I have been collecting an incredible turquoise stone collection that I display in a beautiful turn-of-the-century Tibetan prayer bowl. The bowl resides in my design studio and helps to keep my creative thoughts flowing! This stone’s healing energy has helped me through design ideas, business endeavors and helped me keep a clear mind.

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Pictured: Khampa Tibetan girl in a traditional ceremonial costume and wearing a stunning traditional turquoise head dress. In Tibet, Turquoise symbolizes friendship and peace. In the Tibetan culture, the stone is said to protect the carrier from the negative forces of the universe if received from a true friend.

“I have always been fascinated with the beauty of the Tibetan people and culture. They have such purity and intrigue to them. Their culture is embedded with tradition and the colors; the clothing, jewelry… all incredibly beautiful and always a constant inspiration to me throughout my career.”

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Circa 1880 Georgian Turquoise-and-gold snake necklace; Ring , Circa 1880 Turquoise , Pearls, and Diamonds.

“Georgian jewelry is absolutely intriguing. The story behind each piece tells a wonderful story of a tribute to love and remembrance.”

Georgian-era jewels, were typically laden with meaning. Turquoise pieces were given as “forget me not” gifts, Pearls were presented as a tribute to the recipient’s beauty, and designs with musical-instrument patterns symbolized the music of love. The Turquoise serpent necklace above represents undying love.

 

Enjoy and be well!

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