Turquoise Treasures 👑✨
The oldest documented gemstone after quartz, turquoise jewels captivated Mesopotamian cultures, Egyptian jewelers, and Grecian monarchs alike. The Victorians loved the screaming tone of turquoise, using it to accent gowns, cravats, even shoe buckles. This drop focuses on this sky blue stone that has long entranced the well accessorized.
This first treasure is a stunning 14k Diamond and Turquoise Princess-Set Band. Queen Victoria’s love of turquoise was no secret. It is said that upon her marriage to Albert, Queen Victoria gave portrait rings to her ladies-in-waiting. Each miniature portrait of the Queen was surrounded by turquoise cabochons. Tiny turquoise cabochons were also commonly pave set in mid-Victorian jewelry covering snake motif bracelets and necklaces, brooches and the like. Turquoise enjoyed a resurgence in the late Victorian era and was set in rings, brooches, and earrings but in larger sizes than in earlier periods. A late 19th century, likely American example with a vibrant turquoise featuring matrix and two rose-cut diamonds on either side makes a great first impression in this week's featured pieces.
Next up we have an outrageous Turquoise Bracelet in9k. In addition to turquoise being a favored gemstones in the Victorian era, turquoise has its own metaphysical properties that make us love it even more. Turquoise has always been used as a protective stone. It is viewed as a master healer, emanating an energy that dispels negativity. In addition, it acts to induce wisdom and understanding. Turquoise can enhance trust, kindness, and the recognition of beauty. There is something absolutely luminous about the cool tone of the turquoise in the warm 9k that stands out on this bracelet. This piece is memorable and substantial; further accentuated by the large-scale size and utility as a component.
Lastly, a rare and special 15k Turquoise Cabochon and Turquoise Enamel Ring. This sweet little sentimental beauty has a certain je-ne-sais quoi that really sets her apart with her loosely cruciform design of four flowers buttressing a central turquoise.