GENUINE TURQUOISE AND LAPIS LAZULI ANKLET BRACELET
DESCRIPTION: Beautiful Gemstone Anklet Bracelet created using Arizona Blue Turquoise and Lapis Lazuli. Please note this Turquoise is natural, it has been stabilized for hardness and durability but have not been dyed to add color or treated in any other way. Please see below to understand more about Turquoise and the difference in types and treatments. This particular design is created using 925 Sterling Silver chain with an Oxidized finish and a 925 Sterling Silver extension chain and lobster clasp.
BRACELET SIZE: The anklet bracelet measures approximately 12 inches, having an extension cord chain it can be adjusted to desired size to fit your anklet.
BEAD SIZE: For this bracelet I used Turquoise and Lapis lazuli beads size 3-3.5mm. These are smaller size beads, this is a very classy design for those who love small sized jewelry.
METAL FINDINGS: I prefer to work with 925 Sterling Silver but I also love and use sometimes 304 Stainless Steel for it's durability and resistance to tarnish. Making your jewelry pieces not just beautiful but also long lasting! This particular design have 925 sterling silver spacers beads and a Stainless Steel lobster clasp with extension chain cord.
IMAGES: All images taken with my Iphone in my photo studio, I took some images on the beach wearing the anklet to give you a little idea how beautiful it looks on a read anklet;-) I promise you are going to love the way it looks on you, your satisfaction is always guaranteed.
DISCLAIMER: I believe in a moral obligation for any seller to provide full information of the crystals and stones a customer is buying, if they have been treated or not. This is the reason why when you buy Turquoise from me (or any other crystal or Stone for that matter, you will always have a full disclosure of any treatment or pertaining information that you need to know)
ABOUT TURQUOISE TYPES AND TREATMENTS:
There are five “kinds” of turquoise as described by law:
Natural turquoise - turquoise that is so hard and beautiful that it is simply mined, cut, polished and set into a piece of jewelry or carved into a fetish or sculpture. Less than 3% of all the turquoise on the market worldwide is natural.
Stabilized turquoise - soft Turquoise or "chalk" turquoise that has been infused with a clear epoxy resin. The resin, under pressure, absorbs into the rock, which permanently hardens the rock and deepens the color. (Kind of like the way a sponge turns a deeper color when you get it wet.) Unlike the collectible natural turquoise which deepens in color over time by gradually absorbing oils from the skin as it is worn, the colors in stabilized turquoise are permanent. Most of the turquoise on the market is stabilized and should not cost as much as natural. Stabilized turquoise can be very beautiful, and is a good buy. (More than 97% of the turquoise on the market is stabilized.)
Treated turquoise - soft or "chalk" turquoise that is stabilized as described above, except that the epoxy resin is also dyed. Colors in treated turquoise have a tendency to look artificial. Prices should be much less than natural or stabilized.
Reconstituted turquoise - turquoise "chalk" that is very low grade and has been ground into powder, saturated with epoxy resin, dyed, and compressed into blocks or cakes to be cut into shapes for jewelry making. Prices should be most inexpensive.
Imitation turquoise - there is no turquoise in this category. Either there are stones like Howlite (white stone, very porous) dyed to look like turquoise or there is pure plastic (epoxy resin) that has been dyed to look like turquoise. It is a shame that these materials are set in silver and priced as if they had intrinsic value.
Unfortunately, treated, reconstituted and imitation turquoise can be made to look remarkably like collectible stones. Purchasing from a trusted source is important when it comes to Turquoise and jewelry made with it.
Source: Originally published by Indian Arts and Crafts Association, 4010 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107