Turquoise is one of my favourite gemstones. It has been mined as far back as 6000 BC making it amongst the first gemstones to be mined. It was greatly prized by the Egyptians and has the claim of being the only gemstone to have a colour named exclusively after it. To learn more about turquoise, try the All About Gemstones website: http://www.allaboutgemstones.com/semi-precious_gems_turquoise.html
I love the versatility of turquoise, it looks fantastic with both casual and smart clothes. It mixes especially well with black, grey, peach, red or white.
From a design perspective I usually mix turquoise with silver, but today I started working on a piece using brass beads and findings instead. Turquoise and silver is a classic mix, but in my mind turquoise with brass actually looks just as good. I am so pleased with the results! I am working on a necklace that utilises a large oval, faceted, dark red/orange agate focal bead at the centre, with a couple of carnelian beads thrown in too, to pick up the colour of the agate and accent against the bright blue turquoise. What a great colour combo – turquoise, dark reddish orange and brass! I can’t wait to finish it tomorrow and get the photos uploaded.
I also finished a couple of turquoise bracelets, both with silver beads and findings. Each has a filigree silver heart charm and an extra turquoise bead drop near the clasp for a little extra bling and interest. In one of the bracelets I used a blue and silver Indian Kashmiri clay bead at the centre,which works really well.