Southwest inspired oval blue natural turquoise stone pendant with a golden matrix a characteristic feature of the Kingman turquoise. The source of this stone is the Kingman Turquoise Mine located in Arizona. The stone is 33mm by 29 mm and 5mm thick set into a sterling step bezel. Pendant is suspended on a chunky Kingman Turquoise nugget and southwest sterling beaded 19 inch necklace completed by large sterling lobster claw clasp.
* Natural Kingman Turquoise oval gemstone.
* Size of pendant from bottom to top of bail is 2 ¼ inches by 1 ¼ inches.
* Stone size is 33mm by 29 mm and 5mm thick.
* The sterling bail is 8mm by 12mm in size and can accommodate a large chain or slide.
* 19 inch Kingman Turquoise nugget and sterling necklace included.
* The handmade bezel is a step bezel design and soldered onto a handmade sterling setting.
* Soldered to the bottom of the pendant are three 7mm Cactus sterling silver flower charms.
* A small window opening at the back of the pendant (see photo) allows the back of the stone to be visible revealing more of the beautiful golden matrix.
* This is the natural color of this turquoise gemstone.
You may be interested in the following information regarding turquoise:
The chemical term used for a Turquoise gemstone is hydrated copper aluminum phosphate. It is a hydrated phosphate mineral and is used to make cabochons, beads and carvings. Turquoise is somewhat a soft material (5-6 Mohs hardness) and is vulnerable to scratching. But despite its relative softness it is used for jewelry making like earrings, rings, bracelets, pendants, beaded jewelry.
Natural turquoise is porous and can absorb body oil when worn next to the skin, and this sometimes can cause a change in color from blue to green. Be sure to keep perfume, hairspray, sunscreen, and other cosmetics from coming in contacting with this stone since this may change the color. Apply hairspray, perfume, etc. before putting on your turquoise stone.
Turquoise should be stored separately from harder gemstones which can scratch it. Place in a plastic bag or small gift box and place in your jewelry box.
Do not use an ultrasonic or steam cleaner on turquoise or abrasive chemical cleaners. Do not dip in silver dipping solutions. Do not soak in water. It is safest to clean turquoise using a damp soft cloth with a little mild soap (Ivory soap is good because it doesn't have any heavy perfumes or oils).
You can use a silver polishing cloth to clean any sterling silver metal that the stone is set in. (polishing clothes can be found at local jewelry stores).