Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Pendant
Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Pendant handmade by world renown jewelry designer Gurhan. This elegant pendant features a striking piece of sleeping beauty turquoise set in 24 karat pure gold with a diamond accent. The chain is 18″ inches long with an adjustable link to wear at 16″ inches as well.
So what is special about 24K Gold?
It’s Pure! The metals contain no additives or alloys to detract from its natural beauty. Gold is commonly known in karat weights of 22, 18, 14 and 9. To achieve these various karat weights, another metal is added or “alloyed” to the gold, diluting the purity of the metal. For example, 18K Gold is, by weight, only 75% gold with the balance being some combination of silver, copper or palladium.
Gurhan is renowned for pioneering the revival of pure 24 karat gold jewelry. Before Gurhan, pure gold jewelry had not been made since ancient times.
Sleeping Beauty Turquoise:
The Sleeping Beauty Mine, located in Globe, Arizona, is an active mine producing a wide range of turquoise that is highly prized for it’s solid soft blue color, with little or no matrix. The color of the turquoise ranges from a deep royal blue to a light sky blue. The mine originally was worked for copper and gold but during the last four decades it has produced gemstone quality turquoise in quantities to satisfy the commercial market. In general, the miners lease portions of the “dumps” and sort turquoise from there.
There is a small town in south central Italy, near Naples, famous for its cameos. Their needs for huge quantities of this material over the years have always kept the supply down and demand high. The clear blue is reminiscent of old Persian turquoise, and is without doubt the most preferred and prized by Europeans, both for cameos as well as in bead or jewelry form.
There is a sister mine nearby, called the Bluebird, that produces some of the world’s most beautiful azurite. This material is a copper oxide and also contains malachite, crysacolla as well as a mineralized copper or cuprite. This is a rare and undervalued gem stone that has all but disappeared from the marketplace.
International Artist: Gurhan
In recent years, Gurhan has added pure platinum and pure silver to his repertoire, creating for his followers options in white metal and at different price points. Also known for his distinctive aesthetic, Gurhan designs feature the evidence that every piece is painstakingly hand-made from scratch. The hand hammering and natural imperfections resulting from the handcrafting are regarded as Gurhan’s fingerprints on his jewelry.
Transcending time and trends, Gurhan jewelry has the transformative power to make a woman feel more beautiful. An award-winning master goldsmith, Gurhan’s passion for pure gold is born out of his creative approach to the medium, personally designing every piece.