Historians know turquoise was a precious commodity in New Mexico during the twelfth century, but they know little about how the Native American Indians fashioned the gem. I like to imagine they made magnificent things, like these earrings by Italian designer Luca Francesca Scamussi, who is so passionate about old jewelry she named her company after a master jeweler of the middle ages: Lucifer Vir Honestus. For these earrings, Scamussi set hand-carved turquoise leaves on a white gold wire with a diamond accent. Perhaps I've have let my imagination run wild, as the gorgeous turquoise pieces of yore featured neither diamonds nor gold. But a girl's gotta make a little of her own history, right?
Marion Fasel, Contributing Editor, Fine Jewelry and Watches