Open Air Hoops Brute  |  Turquoise
Open Air Hoops Brute  |  Turquoise
Open Air Hoops Brute  |  Turquoise

Open Air Hoops Brute | Turquoise

$700.00 USD

Light as air, with a stone heavy profile.

These earrings are entirely made in the U.S and cut by hand in NYC. This variety of Turquoise, named Number 8 was once mined in Nevada and can no longer be found - making it one of the most recognizable and sought after.

Due to the nature of the stones and fabrication process, every piece is slightly different, which in our opinion makes it even more unique and personal.

Approximate dimensions: 3cm by 1cm.

Please allow 1-2 weeks for pieces to be shipped.  If you need your piece by a specific time and you are not sure if it will ship on time please email us at online@martapia.com and we will be happy to help you!

Metals available:

  • 14K Gold

About the stone

This particular turquoise Number 8 was once mined in Nevada. Known for it's distinctive spider webbing and light blue to dark blue color with green shading. The matrix is usually golden to reddish brown and even black. The Number 8 mine was closed in 1976 but the last owner had a stockpile of the turquoise set aside that is now on the market. It is considered some of the finest turquoises ever found and is a collector’s item. This is because once this reserve is gone there will be no more released on the market.

One of the first gemstones to be mined, Turquoise has long been prized for it’s intense colors, which vary greatly from sky blue to green, depending on the quantities of iron and copper found in it. Even though turquoise is found around the world, the right type of minerals must be in just the right place for a very very long time (millions of years) before Turquoise is finally created.

Turquoise's history as a spiritual stone goes back over 7500 years. Whereas Egyptians prized Turquoise as a Life Stone, Native Americans believed the stone brought protection to a rider upon a horse, and great protection in general, especially to turn away the evil eye.  Turquoise was also highly revered in Tibet, where a stone was carried throughout one’s entire life and the material was exchanged as currency, the finest stones being more valuable than gold.