Turquoise Necklace Guide
A beautiful, handmade turquoise necklace combines the best of contemporary fashion and traditional elements to create timeless class and elegance perfect for a range of styles. From such cultural icons as Cleopatra and Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife, Josephine, to the hip and fashionable Sarah Jessica Parker, turquoise necklaces have accentuated the natural beauty and exquisite taste of the wearers for centuries.
Necklaces are one of the oldest forms of jewelry, rivaled in age and popularity only by the bracelet. With the workability and availability of turquoise, it is no surprise it was used frequently for necklace decoration. The turquoise necklace became a fashion success with the different styles and its excellent complexion compatibility. The necklace is one of the most artistically functional articles, complementing the wearer’s face, body shape, height, and age. To suit many fashion requirements and tastes, the turquoise necklace has taken on many forms, all of which fit broadly into the pendant, beaded, or the squash blossom categories.
Turquoise Pendant Necklace
Taking advantage of the relative softness of turquoise, ancient peoples easily fashioned it into pendants. The inlaid turquoise pendant necklace style became more common and popular as people became more versed in the metalworking trade. The inlay process allows for greater creative reign with turquoise pendant necklace designs, providing a setting for individual stones and detailed stone mosaics. Whether inlaid or stone, turquoise pendants harmonize with leather cord, leather strips, and chain. The pendant throughout history has been a very popular type of turquoise necklace. As attractive and well-crafted as a pendant necklace may be, its true beauty and character shines while being worn. Those with youthful necklines should wear smaller pendants to subtly show off their smooth skin; while larger pendants should be worn, when desired, as a featured fashion item. You can read more at our turquoise pendants guide.
Turquoise Beaded Necklace
The soft nature of turquoise allows it to be cut into many sizes and shapes, from nugget, to chip, to heishi, which opens up myriad and beautiful turquoise necklace designs. Because there are so many turquoise-compatible gemstones, wood, and metal beads, the only limitations are the imagination and skill of the designer. They are available in various lengths and are available in single and multi-strand versions. As fashion trends steer towards chunky turquoise necklaces, large turquoise nugget necklaces are becoming more popular. Though, it is important to remember, the larger the stone, the less real it can look. If the chunky look is not for you, there are more subtle designs; graduated chip, pebble, and heishi offer a more simple and still elegant look.
Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace
A relative newcomer to the turquoise necklace scene, the squash blossom necklace was popularized in the mid-19th century by Navajo and Zuni silversmiths. Since then it has become synonymous with American Indian art and jewelry. No Indian jewelry collection can be complete without a squash blossom necklace. It features a crescent shaped pendant called a “naja”, which is “crescent” in Navajo, and beads resembling a squash or pomegranate blossom. The squash blossom is famous for its bold features – while this may deter some, it should be noted there are many versions of the necklace with more subtle and streamlined features. You can learn more at our squash blossom necklace guide.
Turquoise Necklaces in the News
Beautiful Squash Blossom Necklace
Our picture of the day is this beautifully handmade Navajo squash blossom necklace made with genuine sterling silver and real Emerald Valley Turquoise. The inlay itself is carefully set in multiple settings, with think silver lines accenting in-between. It is made with one Naja (the crescent shaped center pendant piece) and a double strand of eight-mm silver round beads nicely placed in regular intervals among the round side of the beautiful center piece. The Naja itself is set with three magnificent inlay settings, and each side of the necklace itself has five settings which are attached to silver petals called squash blossoms. Each of these inlay settings are highlighted by silver beads and carefully hand cut designs. This traditional styled squash blossom necklace is not stiff and flexible.
You will definitely stand out in a crowd wearing this artfully crafted piece that is for sure. This squash blossom necklace is available for purchase from our good friends over at SilverTribe.
September 14, 2012 No Comments
Boulder turquoise is an unusual type of turquoise jewelry, and good stones are rare to find. Boulder turquoise is sometimes called Ribbon Turquoise, as often the turquoise comes in the form of a streak or a “ribbon” through a surrounding boulder, and is mined from the famous Royston Mines in Nevada.
Our picture of the day is a beautiful unusual boulder turquoise necklace made by Jay King the incorporates striking boulder turquoise pieces in a showcase turquoise necklace.
December 1, 2011 No Comments
White buffalo turquoise is not actually turquoise, but is commonly lumped into the turquoise family since it was discovered in a turquoise mine and undergoes a very similar mineralization process as “regular turquoise.” It’s so named as it is “as rare as a white buffalo” and is increasingly used in Native American and Southwestern jewelry, and is widely considered as part of the turquoise jewelry family. This beautiful white buffalo turquoise pendant is brought to us by www.SilverTribe.com and is our Pic of the Day.
November 25, 2011 No CommentsTagged in Turquoise Belt Buckles and Bands