A turquoise stone set into an oxidized sterling silver gecko pendant. Pendant is 2-1/2″ L by 1-1/2″ wide. Gecko is embellished with 14 sterling beads.
From ancient civilizations to modern times, turquoise history has played a major role in the popularity of this stone. Historians believe in Persia, one of the earliest known turquoise-producing regions, the stone has been mined for more than 2,000 years. Turquoise stones from this region are known for their pure, robin’s egg blue color. Early Persians believed turquoise represented the heavens because of its beautiful blue color and used it to cover the domes of palaces and places of worship. Two mines, Sarabit el-Khadim and Wadi Maghareh are believed to be the oldest known mines in the region. Archeologists believe Ancient Egyptians mined Sarabit el-Khadim for turquoise stones. There have been many turquoise uses throughout history. Spirituality and supernatural beliefs have always surrounded this stone.