African Turquoise Woven Drop Earrings. These earrings are unique and are sure to make a statement. The faceted African Turquoise gemstones are woven onto the large oval/drop shape and are attached to 100% Sterling Silver ear wires. These go great with our matching African Turquoise Gemstone Bracelet or our African Turquoise Chunky Beaded Bracelet.
Height: 2.5″ (top of ear wire to bottom of the oval/drop)
Width: 1.25″ (widest point)
Turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral that is a hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminum, with the chemical formula CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8·4H2O. It is rare and valuable in finer grades and has been prized as a gemstone and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue. In recent times, turquoise has been devalued, like most other opaque gems, by the introduction onto the market of treatments, imitations, and synthetics.
Turquoise has been known by many names. Pliny the Elder referred to the mineral as callais (from Ancient Greek κάλαϊς) and the Aztecs knew it as chalchihuitl. The word turquoise dates to the 17th century and is derived from the French turquois for “Turkish” because the mineral was first brought to Europe through Turkey, from mines in the historical Khorasan Province of Persia.
The Healing Energies, Metaphysical Properties, Legendary Uses and Meaning of Turquoise (opens in a new window)