A lovely large pendant handcrafted with a Royston Ribbon turquoise 42.50ct stabilised Cabochon by lapidary artist Dusty Williams.
I set it with Jeff Klein sharks tooth sterling silver bezel and the backplate is textured with an Owl, oxidised to bring out the special features.
Accented with a Hildesheimer Rose from one of my great finds; part of a vintage German Silver Sugar Tongs with Hildesheimer Rose and Bird Claw footed tongs. They are made in West Germany, ca the 1870s. Featuring openwork with a beautiful ornate Hildesheimer Rose traditional design - literally Thousand-years old rosebush, also known as the Rose of Hildesheim. Hallmarked with 835 - German mark for 83.5% silver purity, common for silverware, and a mark "Crescent and Crown" (Halbmond und Reichskrone) for silver.
Silver droplets are scattered above, the pendant has a drop of 63mm.
AUD $493.00 + shipping
When you wear natural turquoise you feel stabilized and strengthened, able to live and speak from your authentic heart center of power and form. The Hopi, Lakota, and Navajo all view turquoise as a talisman of wealth and prosperity. And in Native American tribes, it is carried during vision questing to strengthen the body, mind, and spirit during spiritual exploration.
Royston Ribbon Turquoise is from the Boulder turquoise mine in northeast Nevada. But Royston “Ribbon” Turquoise should not be confused with "Royston Turquoise". Royston Turquoise originally consisted of four old Turquoise claims located within the Royston range: Bunker Hill, Easter Blue, Oscar Wehrend, and Royal Blue. The Royal Blue mine was responsible for the majority of the turquoise mined in the area and is often referred to as Royston Royal Blue.
Royston Ribbon Turquoise, on the other hand, forms in the Boulder mine also in Nevada. In fact vein Turquoise appears in many boulder mines. The turquoise develops in amazing stripes or ribbons -- and it is up to the stone cutter or lapidary artist to enhance the beauty of the stone by optimizing the placement of the ribbon. This also effects the price of the material.
Symbolic meanings for the owl are:
- Intuition, ability to see what others do not see
- The presence of the owl announces change
- Capacity to see beyond deceit and masks
- The traditional meaning of the owl spirit animal is the announcer of death, most likely symbolic like a life transition, change