Turquoise jewelry takes its inspiration from ancient Native American and Mexican designs. Both casual and elegant at the same time, the turquoise necklace is a versatile piece of jewelry that pairs nicely with any outfit.
A delicate gemstone, turquoise has been prized for its unique blue-green color for ages, its value reaching as far back as ancient Persia. Carlo Viani, Ralph Lauren and Kenneth Cole New York are among the most recent designers to utilize this vibrant stone in modern jewelry settings. The turquoise necklace is often a simple pendant on a silver chain, allowing the beauty of the stone to speak for itself. These pretty stones are cut into oval or teardrop shapes, set against the harmonizing coolness of silver-tone metal. Quite often, the sterling silver is textured to add a dimensional element, and marcasite is a favored accent to complete the setting. Many women simply prefer the organic look of natural turquoise without a detailed setting. These necklaces feature stones that have a unique cracking on the face to give the piece character.
Another classic turquoise necklace style is composed of beads. Available in single- and multi-strand varieties, these beaded-style necklaces are actually strings of semi-precious nuggets or gemstone chips, often flanked by silver tone metal beads to hold the design in place. The turquoise on these pieces may also be polished or feature natural stone characteristics.
Many designers have taken the beloved blue stone and paired it with more unconventional materials like 14k gold, tanzanite, blue sapphires, smoky quartz, charms and even feathers. These updated settings prove that turquoise has as lasting an effect on jewelry design as ever. Complement your favorite pendant or necklace with a matching ring and earrings set.
Find an exquisite turquoise necklace on its own or in a coordinating jewelry set when you shop at Macy’s.