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Sterling Turquoise Lotus Necklace
Item #45795
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Symbolizing the Buddhist attainment of enlightenment, the beautiful openwork lotus bloom of this Sterling Turquoise Lotus Necklace is inlaid with genuine turquoise. Sterling silver pendant, chain and jump ring clasp. Made in Thailand. Natural variations will occur.
This Sterling Turquoise Lotus Necklace evokes lotus blooms depicted in artworks at our Freer Gallery of Art, including Ming dynasty Chinese and Muromachi period Japanese hanging scrolls. A gift to the nation by Charles Lang Freer, the Gallery contains an extensive collection of Asian art, prints, sculpture and ceramics.
18"l. with 1.125"l. pendant.
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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