Turquoise Pendant

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Turquoise Pendant

Mineral: Turquoise var. Unknown

Origin: Unknown

Color: Blue

Treatment: None Known

Material: Sterling Silver (925)

Approximate Dimensions: 2.5cm x 0.8cm x 0.5cm

Weight: 1g

Note: Chain NOT Included

 

10% of this purchase will be donated to The Conservation Lands Foundation.

 

 The pastel shades of turquoise have endeared it to many great cultures of antiquity: it has adorned the rulers of Ancient Egypt, the Aztecs (and possibly other Pre-Columbian Mesoamericans), Persia, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and to some extent in ancient China since at least the Shang Dynasty. Despite being one of the oldest gems, probably first introduced to Europe (through Turkey) with other Silk Road novelties, turquoise did not become important as an ornamental stone in the West until the 14th century, following a decline in the Roman Catholic Church's influence which allowed the use of turquoise in secular jewellery. It was apparently unknown in India until the Mughal period, and unknown in Japan until the 18th century. A common belief shared by many of these civilizations held that turquoise possessed certain prophylactic qualities; it was thought to change colour with the wearer's health and protect him or her from untoward forces.

 

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