I hand cut this focal bead which measures 39x24mm and is 13mm thick with a 2.5mm side drill hole. A rounded reverse teardrop shape with a nice high polish all around. A beautiful and unusual one of a kind bead that would look good alone on a chain or strung with other complimentary beads.
I recently scored a small amount of genuine turquoise rough from the famous Kingman mine in Arizona. This material is real turquoise and it has been stabilized in the mine by the miners, which means that it has been hardened with a clear plastic resin that does not change the color and allows for a consistent polish across the matrix. Most people don't know that about 90% of the turqoise mined in the world is a kind of turquoise "chalk" and the vast majority of that material HAS to be stabilized or treated in some way so that it can be worked into jewelry or beads. Natural turquoise that has not been treated and is stable enough to cut is rather rare and quite expensive. Untreated turquoise can absorb a person's body oils and turn green over time. Even an accomplished lapidary can't necessarily tell natural turquoise from treated turquoise by sight once it's cut.
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Here are the classifications of different kinds of turquoise. Natural: is material that can be cut and polished with no treatment. Stabilized: is material that has been hardened with a clear plastic that has not altered the color. Treated: is turquoise that has been hardened with resin that has been color dyed. Reconstructed: turquoise had had it's shape altered such as being ground up and pressed into a shape using resins and dyes. Imitation: is manmade (such as plastic) or natural product (such as howlite or magnesite) that has been made to imitate natural turquoise.
More info on turquoise from the Shimmerlings website, "Egyptians prized Turquoise as a Life Stone. The oldest pieces of jewelry set with this gem are fourbracelets found on the mummified arm of Queen Zar. She ruled in Egypt about 5500 BC. Highly revered in Tibet, a Turquoise stone was carried throughout one’s entire life. It was exchanged as currency & the finest stones were considered more valuable than gold."
Metaphysically, "Turquoise is still a valued power stone. It will strengthen and align all of the Chakras; and it can be used to cleanse your energy centers. As a meditation tool, the gem can assist in clearing your mind, opening you to the Universal All. Use Turquoise to attune to the spiritual plane or provide protection during vision quests or astral travel."
"Native Americans believed the stone brought protection to a rider upon a horse, and great protection in general, especially to turn away the evil eye. Called "sky stone" or "stone of heaven" by some Native Americans, the vibrations of turquoise can build a spiritual bridge between worlds and give strong psychic powers to the bearer."
"Turquoise is considered to be a symbol of generosity, sincerity, and affection. It preserves friendships and can make friends out of enemies in time. Traditionally is is said to only bring good luck if given, not purchased. However, this is not always the case. One must take into consideration the innate energy of each stone individually."
Healing properties, "Turquoise was part of the medical equipment of most physicians of the fifteenth century; the claim was that this stone could counteract the affects of any poison. A master healer and a stone of yin (feminine) energy, turquoise is most helpful with female disorders. Also used to prevent and cure headaches. A strong stone for toning and strengthening the entire body and regenerating tissue. It's best known for it's drawing powers. When pressed against the diseased or troubled portion of the body, the illness is then visualized as being drawn into the stone and out of the body, thus removing it all together."
As a general rule domestic shipping is by USPS 1st Class Mail, and I charge $3 to ship in a small jewelry box inside a padded bubble envelope. For fragile, really expensive, or multiple items that still come in under a pound in a small flat rate priority box to keep the shipping price at $6 for most items within the United States. Larger and heavier items, unless otherwise specified, will ship in the larger flat rate Priority boxes for $15. PLEASE NOTE: We try to ship every business day, so your purchase should be handled within 24 hours of receipt of your order. I also am happy to ship international. For MOST INTERNATIONAL ORDERS I can generally ship multiple pieces by USPS Air Mail for a flat rate of $10.00.
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Returns & exchanges
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