Arizona Turquoise Nugget Gemstone Bracelet. These beaded gemstone bracelets are unique one-of-a-kind creations. They are stylish and durable on their own or stack them with one of our woven bracelets for a more complete look. These bracelets are made to withstand outdoor activities and are water-friendly.
Note: these beads are nugget-shaped (random, not round).
To ensure a proper fit, we strongly recommend measuring your actual wrist and ordering a size that will fit as snug as possible, as some stretching/settling (up to 1/4″) will occur.
- Small – fits up to a 6.5″ wrist.
- Medium – fits up to a 7″ wrist.
- Large – fits up to a 7.5″ wrist.
- Extra Large – fits up to an 8″ wrist.
Please contact us for sizes larger than 8″.
Turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral that is a hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminum. 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.
The gemstone 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.
Arizona is currently the most important producer of turquoise by value. Several mines exist in the state, two of them famous for their unique colour and quality and considered the best in the industry: the Sleeping Beauty Mine in Globe ceased turquoise mining in August 2012. The mine chose to send all ore to the crusher and to concentrate on copper production due to the rising price of copper on the world market. The price of natural untreated Sleeping Beauty turquoise has risen dramatically since the mine’s closing. The Kingman Mine as of 2015 still operates alongside a copper mine outside of the city.
The Healing Energies, Metaphysical Properties, Legendary Uses and Meaning of Turquoise (opens in a new window)