ABOUT THIS PIECE…
“Smooth as Silk” 15 Strand, Blue Turquoise Block Heishi Wrap Necklace Made in the “Old Way” (No Metal).
This Necklace has 15 Strands, It has a Nice Blue Hue.
Length is Approximately 30″ end to end.
The Turquoise Measures 1/8″ x 1/16″.
If you have any questions about my Native American and Southwest Jewelry, Please READ the Important Information provided below. Contact us with any questions you have BEFORE you buy.
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If you do not know what the different types of silver and turquoise are, please read this before you buy.
Sterling Silver: is .925 (almost) solid silver.
Nickel Silver: Also known as German silver, has been used by silversmiths for the last 100 Years in jewelry making. It contains no actual silver but it takes the same amount of work and craftsmanship as sterling. Nickel Silver will not tarnish as easily as Sterling.
Genuine Turquoise: This is actual turquoise stone. Actual untreated turquoise stone is very soft, Therefore very difficult for artisan’s to work with. Genuine turquoise stone jewelry pieces will always be priced extremely high for this reason.
Stabilized Turquoise: Because genuine turquoise stone is very soft, it is usually stabilized in one way or another by wax, epoxy, resin, clear sealers etc, so it does not scratch so easy. This is often done at the original mine. Most nugget and heishi products now available in North America are made from real turquoise that has been stabilized.
Block turquoise and other block sets: Called ‘block’ because it is sold in large blocks. It is laboratory created. Block is being manufactured in many different countries including the USA. It is sold to Native American’s by local jewelry supply companies. It’s comprised of many different materials including plastics, epoxy resins and MANY other materials. It has been used in the southwest for over 50 years. It actually requires more labor than natural stone because of its hard consistency therefore it is harder to carve than stone.
Reconstituted Turquoise: Consists of small pieces of stone and turquoise chalk powder mixed with dye and plastic binder. This type of turquoise is sometimes often referred to as “Block”. Fake Turquoise is also often labeled “Reconstituted.” Sometimes it is almost impossible to tell.