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Elements by Sarkash 16 x 14mm #8 Turquoise Split Shank Ring - 134-667


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134-667 - Elements by Sarkash 16 x 14mm #8 Turquoise Split Shank Ring
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Elements by Sarkash 16 x 14mm #8 Turquoise Split Shank Ring

A unique must-have for your ring collection! Crafted from a polished silver-tone, this ring features one fancy cut 16 x 14mm stabilized turquoise cabochon in an adhesive setting. On each end of this center stone you'll find one round 4mm stabilized turquoise cabochon and one 6 x 4mm teardrop stabilized turquoise cabochon, both in adhesive settings. You'll notice the center stone is attached to a wide polished band that splits into a thinner band with an open area. The smaller turquoise sit on each side of this.

The ring measures 1-3/8"L x 7/8"W x 5/16"H. The perfect piece to add a pop of color to your look.

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Part of the Elements by Sarkash Collection. Made in China.

All weights pertaining to gemstones, including diamonds, are minimum weights. Additionally, please note that many gemstones are treated to enhance their beauty. Click here for important information about gemstone enhancements and special care requirements.


Turquoise    


Turquoise:

One of the oldest known gems, turquoise has been prized for thousands of years. The Egyptians believed it had powerful mystical properties, and turquoise jewelry has been found interred with 7,500-year-old mummies. Ancient manuscripts from Persia, India, Afghanistan and Arabia say that the health of a person wearing turquoise could be assessed by variations in the color of the stone. Montezuma’s treasure, now displayed in the British Museum, includes a carved serpent covered by a mosaic of turquoise.

Turquoise was especially revered by the Native American culture, an association that dates back to the Aztec empire more than 700 years ago. For the Aztecs, turquoise was reserved for the gods and mere mortals were forbidden to wear it. They believed it to be a gem of good fortune and a commodity more valuable than gold. Native Americans believed turquoise protected people from demons and they even placed turquoise in tombs to guard the dead. The stone’s colors were thought to be symbolically blue for the heavens and green for the earth. Often warriors tied turquoise to their bows to ensure accurate shots.

Today, turquoise is still believed to provide protection and bring luck. It is said to also promote prosperity, love, healing, courage and friendship. The stone is thought to relax the mind and ease mental tension.

The gem’s opaque turquoise color varies from shades of greenish blue to deep cobalt to sky blue. Some varieties display white or brown matrixes, which are streaks of the mother stone from which they came, while others have veins of color called “spiderwebs” running through them. Generally, the bluer the blue, the more highly valued the stone. A clear, even texture without mottling or veins is also preferred. The most rare and valuable color is an intense azure, but the most common is the mild to medium sky blue. Sometimes imitated by minerals such as chrysocolla, turquoise stones are often dyed or colored with coatings of various resins.

In the 13th century, turquoise was mistakenly believed to have come from the country of Turkey. Hence, its name came from the French word for Turkey, “Turquie.” The stone was actually brought to Europe from Persia (now Iran), via Turkey. It is a mineral usually found in association with copper deposits and is sometimes mined as a by-product of copper mining.

Although turquoise is found in desert regions worldwide, the finest and most valuable comes from Iran. Iranian turquoise is a pure robin’s egg blue that is free of green overtones, matrix or black veins. Perhaps the most famous turquoise today, however, comes from the southwestern United States. The occurrence in Arizona and New Mexico produces greener shades of the stone with matrix streaks of various colors.

While only ranking between 5.0 and 6.0 on the Mohs Scale of hardness, turquoise remains quite popular for jewelry. In Europe, turquoise rings are given as forget-me-not gifts, while in the United States, the stone is given as traditional 5th and 11th wedding anniversary gifts. It has even become a modern consideration for the December birthstone. When wearing turquoise over the years, the stone will absorb oil from a person’s skin, causing a slight change to the color of turquoise.

Turquoise is commonly treated in various fashions to ensure its durability and visual appeal, especially when set in jewelry. If a stone has been treated, the type of process will be noted. Stabilized turquoise is enhanced through a process of coating the genuine gemstone with colorless acrylics or resin to fill porous gaps, harden the stone and maintain the stone’s color. Reconstituted turquoise is enhanced through a process in which genuine gemstone fragments are powdered and bonded with resin to reinforce the stone. Impregnated turquoise is enhanced through a process in which the genuine gemstone is infused with oil, wax or resin to reinforce the stone.




About the Collection:
Achieve a one-of-a-kind look with Elements by Sarkash - a uniquely inspired designer jewelry collection by designer Ghitee Sarkash.

Exclusive to ShopHQ, the collection draws inspiration from a unique combination of Southwestern and Middle Eastern design elements. Crafted by skilled artisans, the pieces showcase trend-right flair with elements of timeless style. Genuine gemstones, including American turquoise, are beautifully finished in a variety of cuts, sizes and polishes. In addition, a variety of unique metals are utilized, including silver, brass and copper in a fresh, head-turning approach to jewelry design.

About the Guest:
Born, raised and educated in Afghanistan, designer Ghitee Sarkash moved to the Southwestern United States after Afghanistan was invaded by Russia.

After settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ghitee got her first job as an assistant for a silver company. From there, her love and passion for jewelry design grew and she was soon promoted to designer.

Today, Ghitee combines her passion for design with stories from her past to create one-of-a-kind jewelry designs that reflect her unique life experience and inspiration.

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