Hello, I hope this week’s blog finds you well.
If you’ve caught me on air over the last 17 years, you’ll perhaps be familiar with my passion for jewellery – in particular gems. I’m often asked what my favourite gemstone is – it’s a difficult question to answer!
I adore diamonds, tanzanite, amber, pearl, topaz and tourmaline among many, many others. However, a gemstone I’ve always held in very high regard, is turquoise. I’m very fortunate to have this wonderful sample of rough which was kindly given to me more than 10 years ago. It’s a beautiful specimen.
Turquoise has been cherished for thousands of years, and prized in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Persia, there have been archaeological finds that date the stone as early as 6,000 BC. In more recent times it has been associated with Native American jewellery too.
Key sources for turquoise include Northern Iran, the South West of America, China, Mexico, Pakistan and Israel. Turquoise is often found in areas where there is a high concentration of copper and it’s the trace element of copper that gives turquoise its stunning shades of blue. Other trace elements also influence the colour including iron, which gives the green tones – there are so many variables. Then of course there’s the veining, better known as the turquoise matrix, or as I like to describe it – nature’s fingerprint!
We have featured turquoise at QVC for many years and our buyers work closely with some of our most trusted suppliers in the world to bring the most exquisite designs in jewellery.
Nizhoni is a range, hand crafted in New Mexico, and is inspired by Native American Design. Each piece is individual in shape and size, and the tones and shades of turquoise create truly eye catching jewellery designs. This 18cm bracelet celebrates turquoise beautifully.
I also adore the Nizhoni eagle charm ring. The turquoise is complemented perfectly with the Swiss blue topaz. It is an enchanting design, which will draw plenty of attention for sure. Nizhoni have also created an eagle earring and pendant too.
Renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen, has brought her own range of jewellery to QVC. This piece has really caught my eye. I love the simplicity of the bracelet and the rich, 18ct gold-plated sterling silver, showcases the cabochon turquoise beautifully.
For me, turquoise is a very, very special stone. Rich in history, loved around the world, and cherished and celebrated by so many designers. Shop turquoise on Easy Pay here.
It is a stone that can’t be described as ‘one shade of blue’ as the hues, tones and characteristics can vary so much and for me that is why turquoise is so very, very special.
See you soon.