Tuesday, October 15, 2013

THE ART OF TURQUOISE


Oh my yes....
Turquoise
 is 
ART
and to wear it or decorate with it is one the most fascinating things a person can do

what I love most about it?
it is from the earth

Turquoise is a mineral that is a hydrous phosphate of copper and aluminium, with the chemical formula CuAl6(PO
4
)4(OH)8·4H
2
O
. It is rare and valuable in finer grades and has been prized as a gem and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue. 

An old library book and a gift from my turquoise loving friend
(I found this glass stone in our yard under the pine straw)

my copper vessel has tarnished and shows flakes of turquoise
the rock is from Sedona, Arizona and another gift from my friend
as I fill it with water to float candles...and it evaporates...
I find the most wonderful patina left behind

I have this throw over my white sofa but during a recent visit
my sister took it off and threw it around her shoulders

hmmmm.
this antique shawl with brown leather boots?
INDEED!

jeans and what to wear with it?


a girl should have at least one-- if only one--
squash blossom
(or some other statement piece)

turquoise and pearls?
turquoise and gold?
shake your head yes with me!

what a hot mess!

to dig through
lovely!

The Kingman Turquoise Mine is one of the oldest and highest producing Turquoise Mines in America. It was originally discovered by prehistoric Indians well over 1000 years ago. Kingman Turquoise is known for its beautiful sky blue color and produces many variations of blue Turquoise. The Kingman Turquoise mine also produces green Turquoise from the Turquoise Mountain side of the mine. Kingman Turquoise has been the biggest supplier of Turquoise to the Southwestern Turquoise Jewelry industry for nearly as long as the American Turquoise Jewelry industry has existed. In fact, the Kingman Turquoise mine was once part of a Turquoise boom around 1000 AD when the Mayan culture was using a lot of Turquoise for self adornments and ceremonial items. 

and if you aren't wearing it
put it on your coffee table

or rest your pretty little head on it

or stack it on your old pine table

or your old oak table

and when you hit the estate sales and find 
stuff

gorilla glue it on a belt buckle and
wear it to an art walk...then...

hang out with the man with the biggest bolo

the most artistic thing you can do with it is surround yourself with it

 art 
I swear!










19 comments:

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh I love turquoise. It's one of my favorite colors in the world. I love it's the color or a tropical sea :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I mean "I love how it's the color of" wow I need to proofread better LOL

Marina Pérez Bejarano said...

Absolutely, art

Minha vida de campo said...

Olá,
amo turquesa. Aqui é difícil encontrar essa pedra. As joias estão belíssimas.
Tenha um ótimo dia.

NanaDiana said...

Gorgeous bits and pieces of turquoise. It was my mil's color of choice and she loved turquoise jewelry. xo Diana

Laurie said...

oh wow wow wow, I love it so much, I have never had any (turquoise jewelry) but would love some, I love this color, and I need to go get me some, NOW!!!

HolleyGarden said...

A couple of years ago I went to a Turquoise museum in Albuquerque and learned so much. But it was a little intimidating, too. Your turquoise pieces are gorgeous. I also love that turquoise throw/shawl!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I'm going to wear my turquoise watch today! The side door on my brick house was painted a turquoise color this summer. (Blue Spa) Love it!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Love love the color of turquoise. And that is one big daddy of a bolo!

Heather - New House New Home said...

When I was in Sante Fe many years ago, I bought a little ring as a memento. I'll have to dig it out and start wearing it again. Love jeans and turquoise jewellery - such a classic casual look.

Heather - New House New Home said...

When I was in Sante Fe many years ago, I bought a little ring as a memento. I'll have to dig it out and start wearing it again. Love jeans and turquoise jewellery - such a classic casual look.

Heather - New House New Home said...

When I was in Sante Fe many years ago, I bought a little ring as a memento. I'll have to dig it out and start wearing it again. Love jeans and turquoise jewellery - such a classic casual look.

Heather - New House New Home said...

When I was in Sante Fe many years ago, I bought a little ring as a memento. I'll have to dig it out and start wearing it again. Love jeans and turquoise jewellery - such a classic casual look.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Gina! I LOVE TURQUOISE and I could kick myself for not having kept my collar from when I was in high school in the 70s....I can't remember the name of the style of the necklace, but it was comprised of cylinder shaped beads in turquoise that had thicker ones in the center then gradually the beads became thinner at the ends...I have to find a photo but I loved that necklace.

Have a super day! Anita

Algodão Tão Doce said...

A amizade nos faz ver o mundo com olhos novos.
Amo apreciar suas lindas imagens!
Uma doce semana.
Beijos Marie.

Marissa said...

Gina, I love your pieces of turquoise!
Just helped my sister paint her front door turquoise and it looks marvelous...
I love it so much I am thinking of the name Tealyn...

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos said...

Ooh... a girl after my own heart!! Love turquoise ... jewelry and home decor :) You have some lovely pieces!!

Fashion-isha said...

I love turquoise!! These pieces are stunning! Thanks so much for your kind compliment on my blog!
xo
Sharon

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

I love that belt buckle. Don't you also have some really beautiful family turquoise that you blogged about last year? Such a calming colour!
I'm off to get me some gorilla glue......