Earrings, Reversible Turquoise/Purple Sugilite on Sterling Hoops
1 ⅜" long
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Hoops are 15mm in diameter with latch closure.
Note: reversing the earring is a simple matter of taking the drop off the hoop and changing it to the reverse side, sliding it on the hoop, and you're set to go.
The mine where a piece of turquoise was found—not its color, nor its matrix, which refers to the veins and patterns of the stone—is the primary factor in determining its value. Historically speaking, the finest turquoise came from the mountains of Asia. In the 20th century, however, the copper-rich American Southwest supplanted them as the primary source of rare, and valuable, specimens, including collector favorites such as Bisbee, Lander Blue, and Number 8 (Black Web). Tibetan Turquoise is highly prized. Hubei also has some of the most beautiful natural Turquoise.
Sugilite is a purple semi-precious stone that runs from a dark, almost blackish shade to a light translucent purple. The lighter stone is much more valuable than the darker. It came from a Manganese Mine in South Africa, but this mine has been closed. It is no longer being exported. There is still rough Sugilite, but it has become very expensive.
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