Southwestern Sterling Turquoise/Coral Cross Pendant

Genuine Turquoise and Coral gemstones This pendant is made of solid sterling silver (not plated) Hangs down 1.75" including the bale Brand New ~ Never Worn Sterling silver goes well with & matches white gold jewelry Very attractive and well made piece Price: $35

Zuni Sterling and Turquoise Cross

Made by Ron Weeka of the Zuni Pueblo, this is a hand made pendant made of natural Sleeping Beauty turquoise using solid .925 sterling silver.

The turquoise is gemstone quality.

It measures 2 inches by 1-1/4 inches.

A certificate of authenticity is included.

Weeka depends solely on his jewerly making to support his family. Buy authentic Native American!

Price: $52

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"LUCKY STONE". By R.H. Curtis

The Lore of Turquoise Cabeza de Vaca was the first to note the use of turquoise among the Indians around the year 1535. Hundreds of years before the Spanish Explorers arrived, the Indians were Mining and fashioning ornaments from this gemstone in combination with shell and coral obtained through trading with other tribes. The Navajo believe turquoise is a piece of the sky that has fallen to earth, and it is used as an offering to appease the wind. The Apache think it combines the spirits of the sea and sky to help warriors and hunters aim accurately. For the Apache, turquoise is associated with the bringing of rain and could always be found at the end of a rainbow. The Zuni believe that turquoise protects them from demons, while the Aztecs reserved turquoise for the gods and it was not to be worn by mere mortals. It is alleged that the wearer of this stone is able to develop friendships. It would help a person feel intuitively the difference between good and evil. Turquoise would protect against accidents and various dangers. The blue in turquoise symbolized the Heavens and green symbolized the Earth. The stones were used by medicine men to work charms. Native Americans Called turquoise "Chal-cui-hui-tal", meaning "the highest and most valued thing in the world". December has two birthstones, turquoise and zircon. Turquoise is considered by some to be a symbol of good fortune and Success, believed to bring prosperity to its wearer.

TURQUOISE: The Lucky Stone When workmen opened the tomb of queen Zen of Egypt, who died 7000 years ago, they discovered, among other things, four beautiful gold and turquoise bracelets encircling the arm of the mummy. These are the oldest pieces of jewelry ever discovered. The ancient Egyptians were captivated by Turquoise and sent large expeditions of up to 3000 workers, under military escort, into the Sinai peninsula for the sole purpose of mining Turquoise and other minerals. Over the centuries the use of Turquoise spread over the world to many lands. From Persia it spread over the hills to Turkey and from there to the countries of Europe. Early French and Italian traders who carried the stones out of Turkey gave its modern name Pierre Turquoise, "Turkish Stone". Turquoise has been used for personal adornment in almost all countries of the world. The Persians wore it, the Tibetans, Greeks, Romans, Aztecs, Incas and of course the Indians of our own Southwest, who have been mining and wearing it since the time of Christ. Turquoise has decorated the thrones of Kings, inlaid in the crowns of kings and queens and appeared in the crown jewels of many countries. During the 15th century the Queen of France gave a gold ring set with Turquoise to King James IV of Scotland as a pledge of friendship. When Queen Elizabeth of England was married, her gift from the President of Mexico was an exact replica of a prehistoric Nahuate (Aztec) brooch of gold inlaid with Turquoise and so on. Turquoise has a meaning all it's own for many different peoples; some thought it strengthened the eyes of the wearer; others that it protected them from injury in falls; etc. But down through the ages is a universal belief by all that Turquoise is a symbol of Health, Good Fortune, and Prosperity

Turquoise is soft and porous, it will absorb water and oils, including body oils. The absorption of water or oil will change the color of the turquoise, so keep it away from body lotions, chemicals and such. Clean with warm soapy water only. Avoid hot water. A turquoise stone can be broken or cracked when struck as it is brittle in nature. Stones are generally set on a soft bed to help absorb shock to prevent breakage. It's a good idea to check the stones in your jewelry periodically for loosening.