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Navajo Graduated Turquoise Nugget Necklace
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A splendid example of Navajo lapidary work, this Navajo Graduated Turquoise Nugget Necklace is a wearable work of art. Each freeform bead of this Navajo Graduated Turquoise Nugget Necklace has been hand-shaped by a Navajo artisan. The rich green color and warm brown matrixes of these turquoise beads are representative of turquoise from some of Nevada's mines. Handcrafted in the U.S.A.
One of the most important elements in southwestern Indian jewelry, beads—like the freeform beads of this Navajo Graduated Turquoise Nugget Necklace—have been made since prehistoric times, most often from shell, stone, clay, wood, and seeds. Navajo turquoise jewelry pieces are curated by our National Museum of the American Indian.
19"l. Naturally occurring turquoise assures each necklace is one-of-a-kind.
Highly regarded by ancient civilizations for its unique aqua coloring, turquoise is a rare phosphate of copper that only forms in the earth's most dry and barren regions. The name turquoise derives from the fact that this gemstone was brought to Europe from eastern Mediterranean traders, known as Turks. Colors can range from green and greenish blue to sky blue. Turquoise is a birthstone for December.

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