Sky blue lucky charm
Beautiful vintage pendant with turquoise in gold, around 1980
Since ancient times, special powers have been attributed to turquoise. The ancient Egyptians, for example, carved small animal figures from the sky-blue stone, which were worn as lucky talismans. In the Middle Ages, it was believed that turquoise could prevent falls from horses and protect its wearer from poisons of all kinds. In the Baroque era, the gemstone was worn almost exclusively by men and a quality turquoise was naturally part of the clothing of the gentleman of status. Until today, however, the turquoise inspires above all by its unmistakable color, which also shows the stone in the center of this pendant. It has been cut as an oval cabochon, which brings out its color particularly well and shows itself in fine shades of blue, which is crisscrossed by interesting dark veins. Presumably, the gemstone comes from the southwest of the USA, where the most important turquoise deposits in the world are located. The turquoise is held by a setting of gold, which has the shape of a bamboo stick with its characteristic internodes. It is impossible to imagine the culture of Asia without bamboo grass. For thousands of years it has been used both as food and as a material. Its decorative form can be found in numerous works of art of all periods, which were also received in Europe. A famous example of bamboo motifs comes from the Tiffany company in New York. In the 1870s, a Japanese design line for silverware was created there, featuring bamboo alongside typical Asian motifs such as cherry blossoms, dragonflies, and birds. At the Paris World's Fair of 1878, Tiffany won the grand prize of silver design with it and also had the dubious honor that the bamboo-look designs were now copied worldwide. Our pendant was created in the years around 1980, beautifully preserved and can be worn immediately with a modern gold chain as a lucky charm around the neck. And who knows? Maybe there is something to the auspicious stories about turquoise after all!
The beauty of exotic gemstones plays an extraordinary role in the motifs of jewelry. Especially works with Persian turquoise were extremely popular among the bourgeoisie of all times, because the mineral was charged with meaning due to its color. It reminded the citizens of the 19th century of the flowers of a forget-me-not, which is why the turquoise itself in the language of jewels, took on this speaking meaning. Diamonds, meanwhile, have always been the gemstones associated with imperishability, which is why this beautiful ring was probably once a gift of love. But the history of the name of this stone is also interesting. As an early name, the ancient Greek καλάϊνος Kalláïnos (blue and green iridescent) can be assumed relatively safely (from Pliny, Naturalis historia). Then, around the beginning of the 13th century, the French term Turkoys appeared, which from the early 15th century changed into the term pierre turquoise, which translated means "Turkish stone". However, this word creation is based on a misunderstanding, because turquoise at that time was only imported from the territory of today's Iran to Turkey and traded there.
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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.