Turquoise Necklace features a pendant made with Royston turquoise, bezel-set in sterling silver, on an oxidized sterling ball chain. The pendant measures 31mm L by 21.5mm W. Length of the chain is 17 inches, and the balls are 1.75mm in diameter.
Royston is a district in Nevada consisting of three turquoise mines: Bunker Hill, Oscar Wehrend, and the main producer, The Royal Blue. Royston is known for its beautiful colors ranging from deep green to rich, light blues which are set off by a heavy brown matrix. The Royston mine is producing a little high grade turquoise today, operated by the Ottison family. They process most of their material into finished cabs and allow very little rough to come onto the market. This controlled output has raised the price of this material considerably in recent years.
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.