Sacred stone of the Southwest is on the brink of extinction
20 carats of genuine Arizona turquoise
Centuries ago, Persians, Tibetans and Mayans considered turquoise to be a gemstone of the heavens. They believed that the striking blue stones were sacred pieces of sky. Turquoise has graced the halls and tombs of Aztec kings and Egyptian pharaohs, such as Tutankhamun, whose golden funeral mask is inlaid with turquoise. Today the rarest and most valuable turquoise is found right here in the American Southwest. But the future of the blue beauty is unclear.
On our recent trip to Tucson, we spoke with fourth generation turquoise traders who explained that less than five percent of turquoise mined worldwide can be set into jewelry and only about twenty mines in the Southwest supply gem-quality turquoise. Once a thriving industry, many Southwest mines have run dry and are now closed.
We found a limited supply of turquoise from Arizona and snatched it up for our Sedona Turquoise Bracelet. Inspired by the work of those ancient craftsmen and designed to showcase the exceptional blue stone, each stabilized vibrant cabochon features a unique, one-of-a-kind matrix surrounded in Bali metalwork. The supply of Arizona turquoise is limited, don’t miss your chance to own the Southwest’s brilliant blue treasure.
- 20 carats total weight
- (5)15x11mm compressed Arizona Turquoise Stones
- Silver-finished setting
- 6 1/2" Bracelet with 2" extender and toggle clasp
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