February 22, 2012

Why to LOVE Turquoise

What is Turquoise?

The stone has become famous for being paired with denim jackets and silver chunky rings a style we most associate with the South West mainly the states of Arizona and Nevada. But its origins date much farther than we expect. Beside the obvious there are some fun facts to learn about the evolution of one of our most treasured stones.


Since at least the First Dynasty (3000 BCE), and possibly before then, turquoise was used by the Egyptians and was mined by them in the Sinai Peninsula called "Country of Turquoise" by the native Monitu.

The stone has been known by many names, but the word turquoise, which dates to the 16th century, is derived from an Old French word for "Turkish", because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey, from the mines in historical Khorasan Province of Persia.

The Southwest United States is a significant source of turquoise. The deposits of California and New Mexico were mined by pre-Columbian Native Americans using stone tools, some local and some from as far away as central Mexico. Cerrillos, New Mexico is thought to be the location of the oldest mines.

Arizona is currently the most important producer of turquoise by value.


Color is as variable as the mineral's other properties, ranging from white to a powder blue to a sky blue, and from a blue-green to a yellowish green. The blue is attributed to idiochromatic copper while the green may be the result of either iron impurities (replacing aluminium) or dehydration.

Turquoise has an officially recognized chemical composition that mineralogists use in identifying what any stone is. That composition includes aluminum and copper. It is copper that gives the varying shades of blue and greens.

It is rare and valuable in finer grades and has been prized as a gem and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue.

In Iranian architecture, the blue turquoise was used to cover the domes of the Iranian palaces because its intense blue color was also a symbol of heaven on earth.

We hope you LOVE turquoise as much as we do!

For any inquiries please email retail@wendyminkjewelry.com or call the boutique at 212-260-5298

February 16, 2012

Vintage Brooch Collection

Brooches are the new necklace!

Dress up any old cardigan or plain dress with a beautifully handcrafted pin dating back to the Victorian Era. This is a great alternative full of splendor and originality! Be the talk of the party or office with a variety of motifs, rhinestones, enamels, pearls, and stones!

Browse through our new vintage brooch collect
ion online and in store now! It is a unique collection sure to tickle your fancy!

For inquires please email: retail@wendyminkjewelry.com or call the boutique: 212-260-5298.

Happy Shopping!

February 9, 2012

Something sweet for your sweetheart...

Happy (almost!) Valentine's Day! In case you haven't heard, we will be open TOMORROW the 10th until 8pm, with a special Valentines Day Shopping Event at the store from 4-8pm!

Complete with....
his and hers cocktails
20% off all Wendy Mink Jewelry Collection
a 50% off sale table!

Not in NYC? Shop 20% off WMJ Collection online with code LOVE at checkout (offer not valid on vintage & WMJ 22k line)

Remember to send your sweetie this way!
You can also wishlist items with us (email us at store@wendyminkjewelry.com with your selections!) so that when your loved one comes in, all they have to do is tell us who you are and we can show them just what you always wanted!

See you tomorrow- we can't wait! Meanwhile, check out some of the Valentine's Day inspired Wendy Mink and Vintage pieces below...

February 2, 2012

Not just for Wonder Woman...

This Spring the biggest trends are in the details! Accessories can make an outfit, and add the perfect amount of "trend" to your wardrobe without overdoing it. Don't want to wear a full on lime green outfit? Try some neon earrings to test out how you like the neon craze. Don't want to buy every shade of pastel jeans? Try a pastel necklace instead. Not only can accessories dress up an outfit, but jewelry can completely change your look.

(image via LadyLux.com)
One trend that holds true to this is the statement cuff!
Bold and even a bit exotic, just one cuff can add a lot of arm bling and a lot of look to your outfit... And the best part about this trend is that they are always in style. Bright yellow jeans might seem crazy next summer, and a hot pink bag might not make it into your fall and winter wardrobes, but cuffs can be worn year round. These gold beauties from our Spring 2012 line are brand new (not even in our store or online yet!) and have a fresh take on the classic WMJ cuff.