I love the whole Southwest vibe.  I have always thought that my other life must have been in Texas or perhaps Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Those sunsets, that laid back style, and all the turquoise.  But my longings have long left the turquoise/silver combo that embodies that hot desert feel.  The elegance of gold with turquoise has been where my eye lingers longer these days.

I recently went into a nice boutique with beautiful jewelry and asked about any gold and turquoise.  The sales lady looked bemused and told me to try costume jewelry as she looked down her nose and smirked at me.  “Really?” I said, (Well, in my imaginary world.  Reality was I just left.) “because King Jewelers has some for $175,000….I don’t call that costume!”  Anyway, my point is, turquoise has been embraced by some jewelers as a stone worthy of some nice gold!

One Jeweler that Neimans carries is  Jose & Maria Barrera.  I love the way they interpret Turquoise and Gold in an Indian feel with these Chandelier earrings.

$390

$390

$440

$440

Antra Jewel’s owner, Maria, is a December baby: turquoise birth stone.  So, she seeks out the elegant side of turquoise.  Check these out:

From the Anatra Collection, $880

From the Anatra Collection, $880

Robin Haley, local jeweler whose designs sell throughout the country, has some beautiful turquoise/gold combinations.  I bought some locally for $130 and I found these on her website:

Robin Haley.  Several shops in town carry her line.  Check her website for retailers.

Robin Haley. Several shops in town carry her line. Check her website for retailers.

Robin Haley

Robin Haley

I mentioned that pair at King Jewelers for $175,000. Here they are set in white gold with diamonds.  I have a fear with white gold and turquoise though.  It comes from a comment someone made to me about my platinum engagement ring:  “Wow, an emerald cut in silver.  That’s pretty.”  Nooooooo……that would be P-L-A-T-I-N-U-M.  Anyway, with turquoise it may be a more understandable mistake!  But, these are gorgeous.

King Jewelers on Hillsboro.

King Jewelers on Hillsboro.

If I have you catching the fever, but you want something a little more comfortable in the money area, try these studs from Ross-Simons:

Ross-Simons on sale for $112.50

Ross-Simons on sale for $112.50

And lastly, if your neck is really where you want this look, local designer Carol Fails with All Strung Out Designs can hook you up.  Here is a sample from her collection:

All Strung Out Designs.  $150

All Strung Out Designs. $150