A vintage deep green Manassa Turquoise cabochon is the centerpiece of this unusual and striking necklace. Detailed with tiny effervescent bubbles and swimming sea turtles, then patina’d to bring out the details and give the chain a rustic, old-world look.
Sterling and fine silver. 1-3/4″ wide by 1″ long. The chain is a little over 20″ and has a sterling silver lobster clasp.
This striking necklace is a collector’s item, as this type of turquoise is no longer being mined, and would make a wonderful addition to a collection of jewelry to be handed down through generations.
Manassa Turquoise was mined near the town of Manassa in Colorado, an area that had been mined by Native Americans for centuries. In the 1890s, the mine was rediscovered by I.P. King and was originally called the Lick Skillet Mine. It later became known as the King Turquoise mine.
The mine produced a range of colors from blue-green to deep green with the golden-brown matrix and host rock as seen in this particular stone. A family-owned mine passed down from I.P. King, it is no longer being actively mined.