Silver hinged bracelet inlaid with sugilite and turquoise.
Elegant Mark Hileman curved channel bracelet in sterling silver inlaid with spiderweb turquoise, sugilite and turquoise. Bracelet is hinged and measures 11 mm wide at the top. The bracelet measures 2 1/8" by 1 7/8" on the inside. This bracelet cannot be sized, but I can make a new one for you in any size in a few weeks.
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About Spiderweb Turquoise...
Spiderweb turquoise occurs when iron oxide fills in cracks or voids in the turquoise. The pattern created is random, with the webbing varying in thickness from extremely thin to wide bands. There is no set pattern or width to the veining. The pattern created is considered attractive and raises the value of the turquoise. In the Southwest and the Far East, spiderweb turquoise is very popular and commands the very highest prices.
Sugilite is named for the Japanese geologist who discovered the first specimens in 1944, Ken-ichi Sugi. The location of the first discovery was the Iwagi Islet in Southwestern Japan. The original Japanese sugilite samples were just tiny, yellow crystals with no gem value. In 1955 some dark pink crystals of no gem value were found in India that were also identified as Sugilite.
In 1975, the only known deposit of gem grade sugilite was found in the Wessel Mine in the Kalahari Desert near Hotazel in Kuruman, Republic of South Africa. At first it was thought to be a very small sugilite deposit, but later found to be a commercial sized deposit estimated to contain as much as ten to twenty tons located 3,200 feet below the surface. Sugilite commands a high price for an opaque gem material, due in part to the difficulty of removing it from such a great depth. (See excerpt from 1982 Time Magazine article below)
Sugilite often contains black matrix, reddish brown or yellowish blotches. Some of the lesser grades have very light purple to white areas. Opaque bright purple stones with little matrixing or blotches are the highly valued. While almost all sugilite is opaque, a very small percentage, perhaps 1/10 of 1% is translucent. Due to it's rarity and mesmerizing beauty, this gem grade commands the highest prices. At it's peak, stones of this quality climbed to as high as $1000 per carat. Sugilite ranges between 6 - 7.5 on the Moh's scale of hardness.
Sugilite is also known under the trade names of "Royal Lavulite" and "Royal Azel".
Metaphysical & Healing Properties
It is thought that sugilite strengthens the heart and promotes physical healing as well as reducing stress by balancing the mind, body and spirit. Sugilite seems to protect against and dissipate anger and other negative energies by encouraging peace of mind, a general feeling of well being and spiritual love.
Article from Time Magazine 1982
Rarest of Gems
Monday, Feb. 01, 1982
"Occasionally, there is something new under the sun or, in the case of a beautiful new gem called Royal Lavulite, under the earth. The deep translucent purple stone, known to mineralogists as sugilite, was officially classified as a rare gem in October 1980, and prices for the stone quickly climbed to as much as $1,000 a carat, compared with $3,000 to $5,000 a carat for the finest grade commercial diamonds.
Sugilite has been found in Japan and India, but only in small deposits that were not of gem quality. In August 1980, workers in a manganese mine in South Africa first discovered a vein of purple stone after a cave-in. They smuggled the stone out in their lunch pails, and from there samples were brought to the U.S. Phoenix jeweler Randy Polk saw them, and traveled to South Africa. Polk went from house to house in the dusty interior town of Hotazel, negotiating with the miners to buy the stones. He now owns nearly 100 lbs., or half the estimated world supply."
First Item: $ 14.00
Additional Items: $ 5.00
Welcome to Hileman Silver Jewelry!
Hileman Silver Jewelry is focused on quality not quantity. Every piece of Hileman jewelry is handmade in our studio with the highest quality materials and finest craftsmanship available.
Prices listed are for the item as detailed in the description. The "sample" rings may have already sold in the size listed. If so, a matching ring will be made in your size. Special orders and are usually completed in 3 to 6 weeks. Please include your size needed in the "Note to Seller" section at checkout. Special order inlay requests or ring size changes may incur additional charges. Men's ring sizes over 11 and women's sizes over 8 require a price adjustment. Please contact us prior to ordering if you wish to make changes and we will give you a price quote. We make every effort to keep our inventory up to date but some pieces may have recently sold and have not been updated. If this is the case, we will contact you immediately and confirm that you are willing to wait for us to make another one.
Please include your phone number and due date in the "Note to Seller" section at checkout. Phone numbers are required for international customs forms and may be helpful to UPS if a problem occurs while trying to deliver your package.
Payment methods accepted are credit cards, cashier's check, money order and PayPal. Orders will not be shipped until funds are verified. Payment by cashier's check or money order may delay your order by one week. Special orders are usually completed in 3 to 6 weeks. Express shipping is available for an additional charge.
Orders will be shipped via UPS unless an alternate method is agreed upon. Shipping and insurance will be an additional charge based on the value of the item purchased. US orders only unless we are contacted first for approval. Buyer is responsible for all duty fees and taxes on international shipments.
Please include your phone number in the "Note to Seller" section at checkout. This is required for international customs forms and is helpful to UPS if a problem occurs while trying to deliver your package.
Refunds and Exchanges
Refunds are allowed on STOCK items within 10 days. Please call or email us within the 10 days with your intention of returning the item. Items returned AFTER 10 days must be in new condition and will receive a shop credit only. No returns after 14 days for any reason. SPECIAL ORDER SIZES, SPECIAL REQUESTS AND CUSTOM PIECES ARE NOT RETURNABLE. Please notify us immediately if you receive your item and it has been damaged in shipment or if it does not meet your expectations.
Ship returns to:
The Hileman Collection
42107 N. Mountain Cove Dr.
Anthem, AZ 85086
Additional Policies and FAQs
RING SIZING -- VERY IMPORTANT!!
Inlay rings are difficult to re-size without damaging the inlay. If you need the ring in a size other than the size listed on the item, a new matching ring will be custom made in your finger size. We have done this for 40 years with no complaints about the accuracy of the match. It is very important that you give us your correct size when ordering as it is difficult to adjust the size without using a laser welder and risking damage to the ring. The paper finger sizers you might find on the internet and print out are not accurate. We have experimented and found that they vary from 1/4 to 3/4 of a size in error. Please visit a local jeweler and get your finger sized properly. We depend on you, the customer, to provide us with the correct size so please do not estimate or guess. Special order size rings are NOT RETURNABLE. If you are giving the ring as a gift, we suggest purchasing the stock ring (if not sold) for presentation and visiting a jeweler to get your finger sized asap. Then order the ring in the special order size and return the stock ring for matching. Please notify us if the ring is a gift and you might be returning it for another size so we can have the materials ready to speed up the process of making a new one.
Prices listed are for the item as detailed in the description. Special order inlay requests or ring size changes may incur additional charges. Men's ring sizes over 11 and women's sizes over 8 require a price adjustment. Please contact us prior to ordering if you wish to make changes and we will give you a price quote.
REACTION TO COPPER
Sterling silver may react with your body chemistry and turn your finger green where the ring contacts the skin. If you have a tendency to react to silver you might want to consider ordering our jewelry in stainless steel or tarnish resistant Continuum sterling silver upgrade. Please understand that we have no way of knowing if you are part of the small percentage of the population that could experience the "green finger" reaction. We do not accept special order ring size returns due to a copper reaction. Should this occur a simple fix is to paint the inside of the ring with clear nail polish to create a barrier between your skin and the silver. Reapply as needed.
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