It Had to Be Blue: Turquoise Gems for Summer

Turquoise turns up in jewelry designers’ summer collections as sure as tulips in the spring. Found in shades ranging from Tiffany blue to lime green, the gem is a favorite for the tropical-water imagery it evokes. And with the closure of the Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona, availability of quality goods is poised to plummet while prices are set to skyrocket. If you like those azure rocks, stock up now or live in regret forever.



Earrings with 11 cts. t.w. diamonds, 2 cts. t.w. sapphires, 22 cts. t.w. turquoise in 18k rose gold; $29,000Sutra, Houston; 713-984-4987;

18k gold and diamond Chinese turquoise brooch; $9,770; Barbara Heinrich Studio, Pittsford, N.Y.; 585-383-1089;

Lupita ring in 18k white gold, with Sleeping Beauty turquoise and 2.51 cts. t.w. colorless diamonds; $16,000; Carla Amorim, Chicago; 312-305-6476;


Necklace with 245.5 cts. t.w. Kingman turquoise, 65.4 cts. t.w. boulder opal, 43.65 cts. t.w. rainbow moonstones, 3.64 cts. t.w. diamonds; $75,640; Irene Neuwirth, Venice, Calif.; 310-450-6063;

Earrings in 18k white gold with 10.6 cts. t.w. cabochon turquoise, 1.26 cts. t.w. diamonds, and 0.71 ct. t.w. blue sapphires; €6200 ($6,750); Di.go, Valenza, Italy; 39-131-951-031;


18k yellow gold turquoise inlay pyramid necklace with diamond surround; $2,075Jennifer Meyer, Los Angeles; 310-446-0057;;


Fringe Front ring in 14k yellow gold with Persian turquoise, 0.24 ct. t.w. micro-pavé black diamonds, and 0.19 ct. t.w. Oregon sunstone; $3,454Mociun, Brooklyn, N.Y.; 718-387-3731;


Earrings with Arizona Morenci turquoise in sterling silver; $460; Melissa Joy Manning, NYC; 212-219-2194;;

Open cuff in 14k gold with bezel-set Sleeping Beauty turquoise and 0.1 ct. t.w. diamonds; $1,230Zoë Chicco, Los Angeles; 213-489-1226;



Tassel necklace with reconstituted turquoise and 14k gold–plated brass; $1,675; Clara Williams, Chicago; 312-280-7300;



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