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TULUM TREASURE NECKLACE Along the cliffs of Tulum, Mexico, the ruins of a great walled city stand watch over the Caribbean Sea. One of the last cities of the Maya, it was an important trade hub where vast riches traded hands before the city was abandoned. Studio Greytak’s Tulum Treasure necklace brings together a dazzling array of some of the old world’s finest gems and minerals. It even incorporates one of Tulum’s most traded prizes, the green parrot feather. A stunning piece of iridescent labradorite is the star of the piece, a northern guest invited by its southern hemisphere cohorts for its magical color and direct line to the creator. Not to be outdone, turquoise, from four rare locations, anchors a supporting cast that includes Tiffany Stone, freshwater pearl, Brazilian and druzy amethyst, chrysocolla, pyrite, zoisite, spectrolite, prehnite, lemon smoky quartz, rutilated quartz, rhodolite garnet, and even a sea urchin spine. This is a necklace truly as great as the civilization it honors. The anient mythology of the Inuit people of Canada tells of a warrior discovering a rock along the coast of present-day Labrador. Inside this rock, the lights sparkled and danced. Wishing to free them, the warrior struck the rock with his spear. The lights that were freed formed the great Northern Lights. The rest stayed locked away in the stone we now know as labradorite. The rich play of iridescent colors in labradorite is caused by diffraction of light through the crystalline layers of the rock. Despite its typical base color of blue or gray, labradorite can shine with a broad spectrum of colors ranging from blue and green to oranges, purples, and even white. It’s such a unique effect that it has been given its own name, “labradorescence.” Since its modern-day discovery in 1770, artisans have tumbled the stone smooth and used it to create jewelry, sculptural works, and even tiles and countertops. As much as labradorite has been used in decorative objects for its beauty, ancient shamans, healers, and diviners have used this “Stone of Magic” to facilitate communication between the spiritual and physical worlds, to reach out to ancestors, and to heal and purify. It is also associated with synchronicity and serendipity. One shouldn’t be surprised to discover that happy coincidences occur more often in the presence of labradorite, which could help light the way to one’s true path. Warriors in civilizations spanning the globe and history have relied on the power of turquoise. Amulets of turquoise were said to gift ancient Turkish cavalrymen protection from injury, Persian soldiers with victory, and Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache warriors with perfect aim. The stone derives these immense powers from the ultimate source—the heavens themselves. The Persians mined a stone so brilliantly blue, they believed it was a link to the realm of god. Tribes in the Southwestern U.S. also considered blue turquoise to represent Father Sky, while green stones were Mother Earth. Turquoise is what’s left behind after water, air, and biological compounds wear away other copper-containing minerals. The copper, along with iron and aluminum, give the stone its distinct range of blue-green coloring. While copper was the first metal humans learned to work, and the one that directly led to the advance of civilization, turquoise was the first gem they actively mined. Turquoise is universally renowned for its protective and healing powers. It is said to change color to warn its wearer of impending illness or danger. It is a holy stone, capable of bringing good fortune and wisdom. This powerful guardian should be kept where one can feel its strengthening energy and heed its cautionary signals. Wear this necklace as a modern nod to the power of ancient treasure. Materials Green parrot feather Labradorite Turquoise Tiffany stone Freshwater pearl Brazilian amethyst Druzy amethyst Chrysocolla Pyrite Zoisite Spectrolite Prehnite Lemon smoky quartz Rutilated quartz Rhodolite garnet Sea urchin spine.


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    H 22.5 in. x W 16.5 in. x D 2.75 in.H 57.15 cm x W 41.91 cm x D 6.99 cm
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    Missoula, MT
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Studio Greytak is a conceptual art project by John Greytak. He explores the intersection between design by nature and design by humans. He does this by curating and collecting the most compelling examples of works from nature, then offering them up to a select group of designers who work with him at his design center in the Treasure State of Montana.

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