Professional Jeweler Archive: City Slicker

December 2001

Gemstones & Pearls/New Products

City Slicker

Turquoise shakes off the desert dust and moves uptown

This robin’s-egg blue gemstone once graced the necks of Pharaohs and later the ceremonial dress of early American Indians. Modern designs and better use of precious metal now help this reasonably priced gem move away from its Southwestern style.

Today, turquoise can be found set in 14k or 18k yellow or white gold, along with the more traditional silver. Intricate inlay, smooth cabochons and strands of lustrous beads that imitate the finest pearls are just a few ways designers have brought turquoise out of the desert and turned it into a luxurious gemstone.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.

18k gold disk earrings feature Castillian turquoise cabochons and pearls. The four-tier 18k gold dangles have Castillian turquoise and 0.87 carat of Ideal-cut diamonds.

Douglas Magnus/Heartline, Santa Fe, NM; (505) 983-6777, fax (505) 983-0810.

1.30 carats of round brilliant diamonds swirl into turquoise and mother-of-pearl inlay in this 14k gold bracelet. Suggested retail, $11,684.

Nagalle Designs, Wilsonville, OR; (800) 803-6677, fax (503) 685-9743,,

Persian turquoise cabochons are set into 18k hammered gold earrings.

Bielka Inc., New York City; (212) 980-6841, fax (212) 980-6852.

18k gold rings hold an 11mm-12mm natural turquoise bead. Available with or without 0.25 carat of flush-mounted diamonds. Suggested retail, $2,200-$2,650.

Caesar’s Designs, Pittsburgh, PA; (412) 260-1555, fax (412) 341-1118.

14k white gold ring is bezel-set with 5 carats of turquoise. Keystone, $310.

C. Priolo, Fairfax, CA; (800) 458-3764, fax (415) 459-1513.

Sterling silver rings are channel-set with turquoise and/or mother-of-pearl.

Temé Jewelry Designs Inc., Albuquerque, NM; (505) 332-1100, fax (505) 323-0013.

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