[Sleeping Beauty, Royston, Kingman, Bisbee, and Manassa turquoises.]
[Glitz Rings :: Colorado turquoise & sterling silver]
One of my favorite things about wandering around in the desert, or anywhere for that matter, is finding all the wonderful things that are waiting to be found. Bits of natural history and human history, tucked in the nooks and crannies of the wild: quail feathers, cholla bones, rusted out truck grills, abandoned chrysocolla and turquoise mines…
Do you remember that the turquoise, and all gem stones, for that matter, in your rings, necklaces and earrings were originally born from the earth? Dug up. Exposed. Extracted. Cut, carved, polished and eventually set in the precious metal that wraps evenly around your finger or lays against the warmth of your sternum? Now, that’s some serious magic — wearing a piece of the earth, I mean! What a way to keep our planet near and dear.
Our Earth, all of creation, is so beautiful and so worth cherishing and loving, noticing and tending. What better way to be cognizant of that fact, than to wear a gorgeous piece of it close to our pulses?
My friends and I discovered abandoned turquoise mines while hiking about in the Arizona Mountains, alongside the Colorado River last weekend. I could barely contain myself, as usual, and ran around scooping up every beautiful piece of turquoise tailing that beckoned to me from rust red earth beneath azure Arizona skies. It was delightful, as the desert always is, in the glorious month of February.
I can’t wait to tell you all about my trip. It was wonderful and I have the photographs to prove it. But first, I have house guests of my own that need tending.