Monday. Lunch time.
If you are following Ornament Studio on Facebook, you may have come across a new segment titled, “Currently on Display.” In this segment, as its name suggests, we do a brief highlight of jewelry available at the shop.
Some of the pieces on display were made by a friend of Silvio who resides in new Mexico. Nevertheless, each piece of jewelry has a story and is the result of the inspiration of the moment.
Silvio and Teresa spent 25 years in New Mexico and have brought back finished pieces as well as raw gems, some of which have already inspired new creations. The piece Silvio selected for today’s display highlight brings back memories.
“While in New Mexico, Teresa and I lived 3 miles as the crow flies from the Cerrillos Mine, where this Turquoise comes from,” remembers Silvio. “The Turquoise in this mine are over 2000 years old. The gem was known to native people. Cerillos Turquoise was praised all around the Americas.”
In fact, Cerillos Turquoise has been found in pre-Colombian artifacts. Some of the most valued Mayan and Aztec artifacts include Cerillos Turquoise as a predominant component.
“Cerillos Turquoise is no longer mined,” points out Silvio, “So large pieces like the one in this ring are very rare.”
We’ll talk more about Cerrillos Turquoise in a future article. Meanwhile, a new month is upon us so a bit later this week we’ll discuss the birthstone for May.