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12 Reasons Turquoise Deserves Its Luxe New Reputation


If there were ever any doubts about turquoise’s deluxe reputation, the slew of turquoise jewels that debuted during Las Vegas Jewelry Week in early June quelled them—and then some.

For decades, the hard stone wore its Southwestern connection on its sleeve. Set in folksy bolo ties, chunky silver cuffs, and spectacular Navajo-style squash blossom necklaces, not to mention in scores of inexpensive beaded pieces, the gem exuded a dusty, rough-hewn charm.

Then designers around the world took a liking to it—especially the variety known as Sleeping Beauty, whose Platonic sky-blue hue remains sought-after even though the mine, in Globe, Ariz., stopped producing over a decade ago.

The turquoise jewels that occupy the highest realms of the designer jewelry universe now regularly feature the gem set in 18k yellow gold, peppered with diamonds and the occasional colored stone (turquoise and pink sapphire is an especially popular pairing, followed closely by the blue gem combined with white onyx, white agate, cocholong, or other white hard stones for a super summery look).

However it’s featured, turquoise boasts a newfound sophistication that is impossible to deny—with nary a bead in sight.

Emily P. Wheeler earrings
Queen of Hearts earrings in 18k gold with turquoise and sapphire, $12,800; Emily P. Wheeler
Yael Designs ring
Ring in 14k white gold with 5.95 ct. turquoise and 1.66 cts. t.w. diamonds, $12,910; Yael Designs
Eden Presley ring
Initial Harem ring in 14k yellow gold with turquoise and diamonds, $2,800; Eden Presley
Tejen turquoise earrings
Lapidary Stick earrings in 18k Fairmined yellow gold with turquoise and diamonds, $3,900; Tejen
Lionheart pendant
Seasons Compass charm in 14k gold with diamonds and turqoise, $3,895; Lionheart
Sorellina Turquoise Alba Studs
Alba stud earrings in 18k gold with turquoise, pink sapphires, and diamonds, $1,950; Sorellina
Sorellina White Onyx Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Seashell Ring
Amalfi Seashell ring in 18k gold with white onyx and Sleeping Beauty turquoise, $10.500; Sorellina
Robinson Pelham earrings
Akida earrings with turquoise in 14k yellow gold, $2,900; Robinson Pelham
Sig Ward horseshoe pendant
Horseshoe pendant in 14k yellow gold with aquamarine and turquoise inlay, $5,900; Sig Ward Jewelry
Rush Jewelry Design earrings
Old Fashioned earrings in 18k yellow gold with Lagoon tourmaline and turquoise, $4,800; Rush Jewelry Design
Jenna Blake pendant
Charm in 18k yellow gold with turquoise and diamonds, $7,000; Jenna Blake

Top: Bracelet in 18k yellow gold with diamonds and Sleeping Beauty turquoise, $54,550; Aletto Brothers

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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