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Mountain Scene Necklace, Turquoise & Copper


Mountain Scene Necklace, Turquoise & Copper


An etched copper & turquoise necklace with a hand fabricated, mountain scene focal.

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This one of a kind, mountain scene necklace features a round focal of etched & oxidized copper metalwork. The design depicts of mountain scene of jagged peaks, with a desert prickly pear cactus in the foreground. The saw work on this focal is done entirely by hand, not with machine jigs, with meticulous attention to detail.

The focal piece is set on a strung bead neckace with large & small nuggets of old Morenci (AZ) & Fox (Nevada) turquoise, aqua opal glass disc beads & rustic turquoise and ocher colored etched glass beads. Oxidized India copper barrel beads & silver Kenyan heishi add more detail…..finally, there’s tiny etched & cut glass seed beads in turquoise & bronze.

This necklace measures 19″ (48.26 cm) in total length, including it’s ornate oxidized copper toggle clasp.

A brief history of Turquoise…

Turquoise is the one of the official birth stones for the month of December as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912 and the Planetary stone for Aquarius, Taurus and Sagittarius.

The name turquoise is apparently related to the fact that is was brought to Europe from the Eastern Mediterranean by Levantine traders, more commonly known as Turks.  Its been used as a valuable ornament for ages and was used by the Egyptians thousands of years ago. The color is, of course, turquoise, but its range of color varies from green and greenish blue to sky blue shades.

For centuries, the most valuable turquoise came from Iran (Persia) but today some specimens mined in the southwestern United States compete with it.  The name “Persian Turquoise” is now generally used to refer to any turquoise stone that does not have the black or brown veining commonly found in turquoise mined in the United States and used in a style of jewelry created by the American Indians.

The Aztecs mined turquoise in an area now known as New Mexico and a significant amount of turquoise comes from Arizona, California and Nevada in the United States.

Metaphysical energies of Turquoise…

Metaphysically, Turquoise is considered to be a bridge between Heaven/Sky and Earth, grounding us while still remaining open to Spirit. Many Native American cultures believe Turquoise helps to connect the mind to the infinite possibilities of the Universe, and Turquoise is considered sacred in many Chinese cultures as well. Turquoise is a wonderful companion to use when removing and releasing old behaviors such as self-sabotage and self-martyrdom that no longer serves in growth.

Turquoise is great for working with the Throat Chakra, to foster honest and clear communication from the heart, and with Water and Air Elements. Enhancing intuition, Turquoise also enhances communication between the physical and spiritual realms. Use Turquoise to release old vows, express freely, and ease nerves when speaking in public. Turquoise is a protective stone, often being used for amulets. Turquoise is also a healing stone, providing strength and purification.

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