I was at the Copan Museum in Honduras, when I came upon their exhibit on Mayan art. Immediately I was drawn to a powerful and vivid shade of blue that centuries couldn’t dull. When I asked my tour guide about it, he told me the tale of the long-lost color known as Maya Blue. The secret for mixing this magical hue disappeared along with the ancient civilizations that created it. And for 500 years, artists and scientists have been trying to recreate the formula. Few have been successful... until now.
We’ve finally captured the elusive color in our brilliant Maya Blue Turquoise Necklace and Bracelet Set. Also known as Azul Maya, Maya Blue is a vivid sky blue that miraculously survived 1200 years in the harsh jungle. Looking at a selection of precious Mayan murals and artifacts, the blue reverberates with a freshness that makes it appear as if it was painted yesterday. Incredibly, the last recorded instance of its use dates from the 1500s.
Since I first saw Maya Blue at the Copan, I’ve been determined to help it make a comeback. No photograph or painting can do Maya Blue justice: you have to be able to see actual light catch the color in real life for the full effect. After years of rejecting turquoise beads that just weren’t blue enough, of toiling over different strains of turquoise from all over the world... we’ve finally achieved what we see as the epitome of Maya Blue.
Using a carefully-selected blend of stabilized turquoise, jewelers have crafted an extraordinary celebration of the ancient hue. Once you wear the Maya Blue Turquoise Necklace and Bracelet Set, I have no doubt you’ll feel the same way I did in the Copan on that fateful day. Each brilliant blue bead is spaced between a glittering quintet of gold-finished beads and spacers that reinforce the Ancient Mayan look. The Maya Blue Necklace measures an impressive 32" and both secure easily with a wire hook clasp. Don’t miss your chance to claim this long lost color before it disappears again!