The Fallen Sky Stone
By Amy Witt
I am obsessed with turquoise jewelry. It is not an obsession really…it holds beauty and signifies who I am. German, Dutch, Mexican, and some Cherokee Indian is the makeup of who I am while I feel like my Indian heritage is my soul and spirit. Traveling to rodeos and ropings, since I was a young girl I started collecting turquoise from all over California, and as an adult, all over the United States. I now proudly have a collection that is very special to me. My collection ranges from pieces dated back to the 1940’s, from Cowboy and Indian Museums in Paso Robles, Ca., and states all over the world. Each piece is significant and has a story and meaning behind them. Many were given as gifts and some I treated myself to. My turquoise gives me security and strength that many people cannot understand; I refuse to leave my house without all my turquoise rings on. One of my favorite pieces is a delicate squash blossom shaped as a wagon wheel…given to me with love and bought from Texas. It is a stunning piece and I feel so special wearing it. I also have a “Hopi” bracelet that is absolutely jaw dropping purchased from Albuquerque, NM. While on one of my adventures to New Mexico, I was able to purchase a spirit necklace, aka, animal fetish necklace, from an older Indian woman who hand crafted every animal on the necklace.
Turquoise, “the fallen skystone,” has been found in burials over 7000 years old and is even referred to in the bible. For myself, and those who believe, the Native Americans believe that turquoise provides powers and strength for those who wear it. Turquoise combines well with all metals-copper, gold, brass. Its color palette ranges from sky-blue, hence the “fallen skystone,” to lime green, coral, purples, and grey tones.
Every few years, Turquoise re-gains its must-have trends in high fashion. It is a perfect summer trend, although I wear it everyday. Mixing turquoise with silver and gold and even pearls is always fun while making a huge statement. Men and women alike can wear it and look fabulous while feeling happy and strong. Men can rock turquoise with carrying money clips, rings, and even the braver men…necklaces.
You will be noticing tons of turquoise this summer hitting runways and magazines. For me, turquoise isn’t a trend…it’s who I am! Many of our traveling boutiques and stores carry turquoise costume jewelry that is trendy, cute and adds the same flair. While you are on you’re roping and rodeo adventures, stop at an antique or vintage store…you will be surprised of the deals you can find. You can always find me rocking this stone to new levels wearing all black and layering with tones of turquoise, silver, and pearls! Try it! Rock it!
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I have been busy..alot been going on.
I have alot of things planned for this month of August...well one is my birthday!!
And another is a trip I am taking the Monday after my birthday in which I CAN NOT wait to take beautiful pictures and share this paradise ranch I will be visiting!
Looking through these pics...I always have turquoise on...even with my bathing suit :)
I can't make myself buy costume turquoise so the pieces I have I have swap out and change up with other jewels...I hope to be adding more turquoise necklaces to my collection soon!
Hope you all are happy and well!
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. "