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Sterling Turquoise Link Necklace
Item #50190
$350.00
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The undulating geometric links of this graduated Sterling Turquoise Link Necklace are inlaid with genuine turquoise—each cabochon individually cut and shaped by Chilean lapidary artists. Vertical turquoise-inlaid links form the striking necklace centerpiece. Sterling silver links and box clasp. Natural variations will occur.
The turquoise cabochons of this Sterling Turquoise Link Necklace are reminiscent of turquoise curated by the Smithsonian's National Gem and Mineral Collection, housed at our National Museum of Natural History. One of the greatest collections of its kind, the National Gem and Mineral Collection includes over 375,000 individual specimens and such treasured pieces as the Hope Diamond and the turquoise Marie Louise Diadem.
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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