Hubei Turquoise Nuggets bo•koo™ Collar

Hubei Turquoise Nuggets bo•koo™ Collar

from 145.00

Wear it alone or glam it up with bo•koo™ Drop pendants!
Each bo•koo™ Collar is individually handcrafted using 100% Silk thread, double-knotted between each Turquoise bead, paired with micup studios’ artisan {hand-metal forged} bead tips in either 14/20kt Gold-filled or 0.925 Sterling Silver complimenting your bo•koo™ clasp. Each bo•koo™ clasp will vary slightly due to the Artisan hand metal forging process, unique to micup studio design.

  • Collar with clasp dimensions - approximate 17”

  • Clasp dimensions - approximate 18mm - 20mm diameter

This item is made to order. Please allow 5 - 14 business days for creation before shipping.

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SHIPPING & RETURN INFO

Estimated Delivery: Creation lead time is approximately 5 - 14 days from date of purchase
Delivery Type: USPS Priority Mail post {Insurance & tracking are included}
Returns / Exchanges: micup studio does NOT accept returns or exchanges. If there is an issue with your purchase, please contact me within 3 days after receipt so that we may come to a satisfactory resolution.


MINERAL COMPOSITION

China is known to produce many modern-day items but perhaps surprisingly it also produces the highest quantity of turquoise in the world. Evidence of Chinese turquoise and Chinese turquoise mines can be traced back 3700 years to the earliest dynasties. Most turquoise in the ancient world was acquired through trade with Mongols, Persians and Turks through the Silk Road.

Unlike American turquoise which is usually identified by the specific mine, Chinese turquoise has historically simply been referred to as "Chinese turquoise", even though there are several different areas that produce the stone.

Today, most of the turquoise produced in China comes from the Ma'anshan and Hubei mines, due to the scarcity of American turquoise. The Hubei province includes the Yungai (also known as Cloud Mountain) and the Zhuxi mines.

ORIGINS

Turquoise is formed in shallow surfaces and in arid regions such as southwestern United States, Turkey, Persia and Sinai Peninsula.

LEGENDS AND LORE

The Tibetans use turquoise more than any other gemstone. Believed to contain metaphysical powers such as good luck, it is worn in rings, bracelets, necklaces and adornment directly on hats and other clothing. It is also believed that turquoise properties contain healing powers. The Tibetans even use necklaces of felt with turquoise to adorn their domestic animals such as horses.

The Apaches ascribed some of the powers of the thunder-stone to turquoise, believing a man who could go to the end of a rainbow after a storm and search in the damp earth would find a Turquoise. One of its supposed powers was to aid the warrior or hunter in the accuracy of his aim. If the turquoise was attached to a gun or bow, the shot sped from the weapon would go straight to its mark.

The Navajos and other Native American shamans used Turquoise for cloud-busting (initiating much needed rain) by throwing it into a river while praying to the rain god.

The Zuni believed Turquoise could protect them from demons.

According to Hindu and Persian mystics, it was very lucky to have a Turquoise on hand at the time of a new moon. Whoever, after gazing at the moon on the pratipada (the first day after new-moon), then looked at a Turquoise was destined to enjoy an increase in wealth and protection from evil.

Turquoise can be associated with the Zodiac sign of Sagittarius.