Mother of pearl shell for jewelry refers to the nacre that coats the inside layer of the mollusk shell which is used to form pearls--hence, it's the mother of the pearl. Mother of pearl shell jewelry can include much larger focal pieces than simple pearls since nacre substance takes up a whole shell's interior, offering a larger working surface for carving. In addition to jewelry, mother-of-pearl shell has been used in medieval European, East Asian and Islamic religious art. Starting during the Victorian Era, mother-of-pearl shell began to also be used for clock faces, buttons, jewelry boxes and more. One especially popular use was inlay work, such as the handles of knives and pistols, as well as historical and contemporary use as inlays for guitars and other musical instruments.
Earrings, HandCarved Genuine Campitos Turquoise Beads by John Hull
Embody the Spirit of the Southwest in Genuine Turquoise Jewelry!
These Tassle Earrings are shoulder length and very fluid in movement. Lightweight, dramatic one-of-a-kind.
Campitos Turquoise was mined extensively in ancient times, with evidence of trade with Native American peoples. The Toltecs and Aztecs left much evidence of the importance of turquoise to these cultures.Campitos is unique in several ways. It grows in clay as free-form nuggets, rather than as veins which is typical of many North American turquoises. Its color is said to most closely resemble Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, and ranges from a light to medium blue, occasionally with pyrite inclusions, giving it a bit of sparkle. A lovely, hard stone with beautiful color, Campitos is a favorite for jewelry artisans.The mine as we know it today has been producing since the 1980's.
Earring Opal Hoop Cab Dangles on Wires in Sterling
1 ½" Long x 1 ¼" Wide
Cultured Opals are a lab created stone.It was a project started some 20 years ago by a turquoise fanatic and chemist.Lab created opal is pretty but gets dull, and it just doesn’t really capture the light dispersement that real opals do.This was because no one was really getting those silica dioxide particulars small enough to mimic Mother Nature.The nano particles of silica dioxide are just the same as natural opal.They are almost as small as an atom.The matrix is a nod to turquoise and the two together are magic.It takes about a year to grow.It is more durable than natural opal and this makes this material ideal for rings and bracelets as detergents won’t hurt it.It has a hardness of 5.5 on the Mohs scale.