RETICULATED SILVER AND TURQUOISE PENDANT
RETICULATED STERLING SILVER AND TURQUOISE PENDANT
A beautiful Reticulated Silver & Turquoise pendant hand crafted on Vancouver Island by Judith Hirczy.
The chain is 18 inches of silver and the pendant measures 1 inch approximately.
Silver is a highly malleable metal with a brilliant white metallic luster that can take a high degree of polishing. This has led to its huge popularity in jewellery where it is combined with copper to make it more durable. This alloy has been known as sterling silver since the 13th century. The minimum fineness of silver allowable in sterling silver is 92.5% which gives rise to the term 925. However most jewellery today uses the ration 97.5% silver to 2.5 % copper.
Since ancient times, silver has been closely associated with the moon and lunar influences Diana the Roman goddess of the moon hunted with a silver bow.
Turquoise is believed to have been named after Turkey where European crusaders first came into contact with the stone in medieval times. In many cultures, turquoise was valued as a protection against evil spirits and was worn as an amulet for strength and prosperity. It is particularly valued in the Native American community and made into beautiful jewellery, often combined with silver
Turquoise is the birthstone for December.