A giant colorful onyx disc is featured among brown and natural blue turquoise nuggets.
~ Just Exquisite ~
... onyx disc size is 48mm x 12mm ...
… rhodium plated lobster clasp and extension chain …
… necklace length 19 " to 21 ” …
... weight 62 grams ...
The second birthstone of July is Onyx .
Onyx is a cryptocrystalline form of quartz. The colors of its bands range from white to almost every color. Pure black onyx is familiar, and perhaps the most famous variety. It has a long history of use for hardstone carving and jewelry, where it is usually cut as a cabochon, or into beads, and is also used for intaglio or cameo engraved gems.
Onyx was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Carved onyx art objects were recovered at the Knossos archaeological site. Onyx was used in Egypt as early as the Second Dynasty to make bowls, perfume vessels and other items.
The second birthstone of December is Turquoise.
Turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral. It is rare and valuable and has been prized as a gem and ornamental stone for thousands of years due to its unique aqua hue. The pastel shades of turquoise have endeared it to many great cultures of antiquity: it has adorned the rulers of Ancient Egypt, the Aztecs, Persia, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and ancient China. The most well-known jewelry pieces incorporating turquoise are those recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb, most notably the Pharaoh's iconic burial mask which was liberally inlaid with the stone. Even to this day, we follow the same design principles of combining turquoise with other gemstones as our ancestors. Turquoise with coral for example is absolutely timeless.
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