AUD $130.00

Tibetan Turquoise & Silver Earrings

This pair of almost flat, organically shaped, teal, olive and tannish fawn Ladakhi Turquoise slices have been hand mounted for us as Sterling Silver Earrings with a fine edge of twisted wire filigree, which reminds me of "navajo" pieces. Now, I mention Ladakhi Turquoise, as these may actually be the two halves of a sliced Ladakhi bead, these are sold from a woman's "perak" (headdress) where they are worn as her banking, to be removed and sold when she needs some cash. They may not be but the colour is the same, and the shape is feasible, too.

The gentle olive green and tan of the Turquoise contrasts well with the Silver detailing. I chose these stones because of their individual soothing tone and dense patterning which you won't find in the plainer blue turquoises from Iran and Arizona.

Having said that, all the usual Turquoise warnings of don't wear them showering or swimming, as chlorine and soap can both affect their colour, also apply.

Be gentle, when you carefully use a dry Silver polishing Cloth to bring up the detail in the wire twist, as you need to support the junction of the bead and the body of the Turquoise.rather than just bending it. This is to avoid stressing it and creating a weak spot. You also must protect the pearl when polishing as the oxide rubbed from the silver will end up on the pearl.

Age: Contemporary

Size: H 51 mm x W 16 mm.

Weight: 9 grams