The Aztecs knew it as chalchihuitl, “the heart of the earth”. The Romans called it callais, but you likely know it as Turquoise. First traded to Europeans by way of Turkey the ancient stone got its modern name. This versatile gem has been used in jewelry and sculpture across many cultures of antiquity from the Indus Valley to Persia, Ancient Egypt, and by the Aztec in Mesoamerica to create astonishing cultural artifacts. This one of a kind necklace features 135 carats of Arizona Turquoise beads hand strung on silk cord. The necklace measures 17 inches in length with 10mm x 7mm beads and is finished with a handmade 18K gold hook and eye clasp.