The creation of this carved Tahitian pearl turquoise reflective necklace is a truly amazing process. These cultured pearls are created by putting a small colored stone in an oyster, in this case turquoise, and slowly placing it back into the sea.
The unique center color is the turquoise bead shining through. Turquoise is believed to be one of the world's oldest stones used by man. It is believed to help the protect its wearer from injury when falling. Native Americans used this stone as a protection stone for this reason. They believed it would protect their soldiers when entering a battle.
The oysters will try to get rid of the intruder colored stone by coating it with "nacre (pearl)". It is during the healing process that the oysters create these beautiful pearls. Pearl divers will gather these unique oysters and their treasured pearls. Designers will then take the pearls and the layers of pearl and slowly hand carve them to reveal the beautiful colored stone below. The oysters use their discomfort to create something incredibly beautiful.
The act of carving a pearl is a relatively new tradition. The idea behind this new custom is taking something that is classically beautiful and enhancing that beauty. The act of carving the pearl allows the designer to reveal an internal beauty that would not normally reach the surface. Pearls are the birthstone for June and fantastic anniversary gifts.
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