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A Time for Turquoise

 

 

Turquoise has always been one of my favorite stones. It has been popular for centuries among indigenous people across the globe- from the Southwestern United States, to the desert plains of the Middle East, and has a huge range of colors and textures, which make it fantastic for jewelry designing.

 

Turquoise was originally found in New Mexico and Colorado by primitive Native Americans who mined them with hand fashioned stone tools. Mines in New Mexico are considered the oldest turquoise mines in the USA, and today Arizona and Nevada are the biggest producers of turquoise by value, with more than 150 mines. Colorado has some of the most unique forms of turquoise, with specific mines catering to these kinds of turquoise. The Kingman mine, Sleeping Beuaty mine, Blue Bird mine, and Ithaca Peak mine are some. Turquoise has been found in Iran and Egypt for at least 2-5 thousands of years, and was used among royalty to decorate their dress and even the architecture of their palaces. China is also a source for turquoise, although not the most abundant.

 

According to Wikepedia, turquoise is a “hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminum”, which basically translates into “wet copper”. When copper is exposed to moisture, it turns a blue-ish green color, hence why the statue of liberty is a turquoise color. The stone forms inside cracks, veins, or fillings on its matrix (parent) stone, but can also form small nuggets. Most American turquoise is considered lower quality “chalk turquoise” because of a higher iron content, and can have more yellows and greens, whereas Iranian turquoise is considered more “fine”, with less color streaks and iron content making the mineral more of a brilliant color.

 

Metaphysically, turquoise has thought to bring wisdom, power, protection and luck. It is also thought to aid in depression, anxiety, and exhaustion, as well as boosting the immune system. It dispels negative energies, and clears “electromagnetic smog” from the air, and enhances the communication between the physical and spiritual worlds, and brings together male and female energies. For these reasons it is considered a great throat chakra stone. It is said to reflect the colors of the vernal (spring) equinox, as it is a blending of winter’s blues and spring’s bountiful greens. So basically, it’s time for turquoise!

 

Turquoise specimen from the Smithsonian
King Tutankhamun's burial mask made of turquoise, lapis lazuli, carnelian, and gold.
Ancient turquoise and gold bangle, Persia (modern Iran), 12th Century
Two-headed turquoise serpent ceremonial ornament. Made from carved wood with turquoise and shell. Aztec, 1400-1521 CE.
Turquoise mine in Neyshabur, Iran.
The blue above is probably a blend of turquoise, chrysocolla, and azurite. Found in Arizona.

 

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CHJ Inspo: DAN FLAVIN

Carrie Hoffman Jewelry often takes inspiration from other artists, time periods, and antique designs. The vision of Dan Flavin is a perfect bridge between architectural thought-piece installations, and architectural, wearable, art considering his unique use of color, shape, and space. Dan Flavin was born of Irish decent in New York, on April 1, 1933. His twin brother, David, who suffered and died from polio in 1962, served as inspiration to one if his earliest series, Icons, which were box-like structures made out of various materials, then illuminated from the sides with different types of lighting. From here, his particular methodology and use of light sources as a medium became his signature staple, and helped influence a new way to make art: through fluorescent, industrial, and commercial lighting. In the pictures below, you can see that his style can be reflected in much of today’s world, whether it be through signage, contemporary art, fashion, or jewelry design.

   
     
 

 

 

xoxo

- Carrie

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Trunk Show at Diani in Santa Barbara!

Carrie Hoffman Jewelry will be having a trunk show tomorrow, October 13, at Diani Shoes in Santa Barbara, from 3-7 pm! Come swing by and say hello!!

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CHJ Inspo: DONALD JUDD

When it comes to finding inspiration for my jewelry, I find that much of my enthusiasm stems from my love of architecture and interior design. The CHJ Judd ring was essentially born from minimalism- an art movement focused on paired-down design principles; a movement which was possibly a reaction to the over- embellished abstract expressionism that came before it. Many artists experimented with minimalism, but only some mastered it. Donald Judd, a sculpture and furniture designer based out of New York, was one of these minimalist pioneers who helped paved the way for better design. Here we see the Corner Frame chair, next to our Judd ring (clearly named after my muse) which can be worn three ways! 

 

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HAPPY EARTH DAY!

One of a Kind ring made with a Boulder Opal that looks like the beautiful sea, made with recycled gold and responsibly mined diamonds

 

 

 

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