Season is upon us!
We would like to reassure all
our customers that we are well-stocked and ready for this busy season.
We have received many calls recently asking us how long orders take
to be delivered during the Holiday rush. At present, we are not
experiencing any shipping delays.
All orders are shipped within two business days
of receiving them. Orders shipped by Fedex to locations West of
the Rockies take two days, East of the Rockies take three business
days. Expedited shipping is available, shortening delivery time
by one day. International shipments vary in delivery times, but
usually take 5 to 10 business days.
As a side note: we received a new shipment of stamp
pendants and have added them back to our site.
Turquoise is the most commonly listed modern
birthstone for December.
Turquoise has been valued by mankind as ornamentation
for thousands of years. Prized by pharaohs and Aztec royalty alike,
this blue-green semiprecious gem was originally found in the dry,
arid regions of the Middle-East. For hundreds of years, deep blue
Persian turquoise was the standard against which all others were
In the 1800Ős, turquoise was "discovered" by settlers
out West in the United States, though it had been used for many
hundreds of years by the indigenous people of the Southwest and
Mexico. These deposits, found in places like Arizona, New Mexico
and Nevada challenged the highest quality turquoise from Persia.
Turquoise is created when ground water percolates
through aluminous rock in the presence of copper. This is why turquoise
is frequently found near copper producing areas. Chemically,
turquoise is a "hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminum." Try
that one out at an upcoming Christmas party and watch your audiencesŐ
eyes glaze over...
Traditionally, the more blue and flawless the stone,
the more highly it was prized. Over the past half century or so,
however, there has been increased demand for stones that are not
perfectly flawless blue. Turquoise matrix, that is turquoise with
veins of other stone or metal inside, are now sought after because
they tend to have their own character. Those veins within turquoise,
by the way, are made up of minerals like sandstone or limonite.
Turquoise varies in color from brown and yellow
to sky blue. In Tibet and other Asian producing countries, green
is more desirous than blue shades. In the contemporary jewelry market,
there is room for all shades of this beautiful stone.
The past year and a half has seen a tremendous resurgence
in the popularity of a stone that most recently had been favored
by Western enthusiasts and flower children. For those interested
in the healing powers of stones, turquoise is said to be the master
healer. It protects against environmental pollutants, strengthens
the body, guards against disease and improves the absorption of
Most of the silver jewelry we sell comes in several
stone choices. We have a great selection of turquoise items that
can be found here.
Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show:
This is the largest gem and jewelry show in the country,
and possibly in the world. The whole town of Tucson becomes one
big jewelry show with wholesale exhibitors from all over the world
displaying their wares at very competitive prices. At the show,
which is held at more than 30 venues around town, you can find everything
from crystals and fossils to beads to finished jewelry. For more
info, visit http://www.tucsonshowguide.com/tsg/
Whirled Planet will be in the Gem Mall, booth #301.
We are bringing in over 300 lbs. of silver jewelry specifically
for this show. Many of the items displayed will be one-of-a-kind
pieces. Special care has been taken to produce the highest quality
goods, most of which will be sold by weight. Please call or email
us if you need info.
What is Silver?
Silver is a precious metal that has an
Silver was first mined as early as 3000 BC. Until
the discovery of the New World, silver was a rare metal, second
only to gold in scarcity. Ancient Egyptians used it for ornamentation,
as did the Greeks. The Romans found new sources for silver, and
began minting coins of silver alloy as a means of exchange.
With the discovery of the New World by Columbus,
vast reserves of silver became available for everyday objects like
household ornaments and jewelry. Throughout the centuries, as the
supplies of silver have increased, so has the demand.
Besides it uses for jewelry and home decoration,
silver is also important in industries worldwide. It is used in
the refining of oil, in the production of solar photovoltaic cells,
in computer chip production, and as a transparent coating on double
pane thermal windows, to name a few. Silver is the best conductor
of electricity of all metals.
What makes silver so special? It is highly reflective,
easy to work with as it is a soft metal with a low melting point,
and it relatively inexpensive when compared to gold. Because it
is so malleable, it must be mixed with other metals to make it strong
enough for jewelry production. Pure silver bends easily, making
less useful for everyday wear.
Sterling silver is a designation for an alloy of
92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper. There is a frequent misconception
that sterling silver will not tarnish. In fact, by its very nature,
real silver oxidizes (reacts) in the presence of oxygen, sulfur,
and certain acids.
Silver jewelry that is worn regularly will not usually
tarnish as much as silver that is stored for a prolonged period.
To avoid tarnishing, store silver jewelry in a plastic bag with
anti-tarnishing paper. Avoid using rubber bands when storing silver
because sulfur is a rubber by-product. Obviously this is not an
option for jewelry on display in a store environment!
To clean tarnish, the easiest way is by using a
dip available at Wal-Mart stores called "Connoisseurs Jewelry Cleaner."
It is a non-ammonia based liquid that cleans tarnish instantly,
but can be destructive to pearls or other organic gems. After dipping,
rinse the piece and dry it thoroughly. You may want to follow with
a light rubbing using a jewelry polish cloth to help the piece stay
bright longer. We use only sterling silver for the products on our
Generally, each piece is hallmarked with a "925"
stamp, but some pieces are too light to be stamped. Rest assured
that everything we sell is guaranteed to be at least 92.5% silver.
Here's wishing you a happy, successful, and safe