Today I’m introducing you to my new spiritual Mediterranean inspired range of jewellery made from turquoise beads and sterling silver charms.
The inspiration behind this range, which has a strong summery feel, is the turquoise coloured waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The resulting spiritual jewellery pieces symbolise both friendship and strength.
Turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral that 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 colouring.
The substance has been known by a number of different names but the word turquoise, which dates back to the 17th century, is derived from the French turques for "Turks". This is because it was Turkey, more specifically historical Khorasan Province of Persia, which the gems first arrived in Europe from.
In fact, in the ancient Persian Empire, the gemstones were worn round the neck or wrist as protection against unnatural death. It was believed that if they changed colour then the wearer was thought to be in danger.
While it is true that turquoise can change colour there’s no need to panic if they change when you are wearing them, it doesn’t necessarily mean impending doom. The change can be caused by light, or by a chemical reaction brought about by cosmetics, dust through even to the acidity of your skin.
As for the hamsa hand: the hamsa hand (Arabic) or hamesh hand (Hebrew) is an old but still very popular apotropaic charm for magical protection from the envious or evil eye. The words hamsa and hamesh translate as "five" – which refers to the digits on the hand.
In this new range of jewellery, the colourful turquoise beads sit perfectly with the palm shaped amulet of the Hamsa hand.
Whilst the delicate angel wing encrusted with glittering diamante stones symbolises protection. Stack the bracelets up together, which you can find here and here and wear the Angel wing necklace suspended on a 24” chain along with the Hamsa necklace on a 18” chain for a multi-strand bohemian look.
As ever, if you are looking something created for you, get in touch and we can discuss what you have in mind and come up with something special for you.