Boulder Opal & Kingman Turquoise Necklace
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A natural boulder opal shimmers with iridescent colors, flanked by sterling silver accents and Kingman Turquoise from Kingman Mine, Arizona USA. 20 inches.
Opal: Opals are known for their impressive array of flashing colors. Meaning “stone of value” in Sanskrit, the word opal is derived from the same root as the Greek “opallios” or “color change”. While there are many different kinds of opals from all over the world, opals are commonly mined in Australia. An Australian aboriginal legend tells that The Creator came down to earth on a rainbow to deliver a message of peace to all humans. On the exact spot where he landed, the rocks became alive with all the colors of the rainbow and opals were born. Opal acts as a prism within the aura, bringing a full spectrum of Light energy to the system, soothing and clearing the emotional body, and boosting the will to live and the joy of one’s earthly existence. It promotes optimism, enthusiasm and creativity, and allows for the release of inhibitions inspiring love and passion. Uniquely, opals always contain water- usually between 2% and 6%. Therefore, opal jewelry should be worn as much as possible to assure that the gemstone receives enough moisture from the environment. Without it, the opal’s color will pale. Opal is the birthstone for October.
Turquoise is a soothing and strengthening stone, helping to guard against exhaustion, depression and panic attacks. It helps restore vitality and lift low spirits, balance emotions and combat aggression. The name Turquoise comes from the French name for the Turkish traders that brought the brilliant blue stone to Europe. Used for many centuries in the Middle and Far East, evidence of Turquoise use by Egyptian royalty dates as far back as 5,500 BC. Uniquely, there is also evidence of Pre-Columbian civilizations using this stone for ceremonial purposes and as currency. Turquoise was highly prized by both the Native American tribes of the Southwest and the Mayans, in some cases even more than gold.
Turquoise is only found in barren regions where acidic, copper-rich water reacts with ground minerals containing phosphorous and aluminum. Colors can range from the distinct sky blue found only in the Sleeping Beauty Mine (Arizona) to the vibrant greens found in the Kingman Mine (Arizona) to the bright medium blue typical of most turquoise. Turquoise is the birthstone for December