Large Aspen Leaf Beaded NecklaceFitted with hand-cut and shaped pieces of Burtis Blue Turquoise from Cripple Creek, Colorado, the large aspen leaf remains unique. The blues don’t quite capture the colors of a Colorado sky. However, they remind the wearer that there is such a color as Colorado Sky Blue. Finally, inspired by the trees that don the mountains throughout Colorado, the large Aspen leaf pendant reflects nature. Hand-forged and painted with a dark patina, the large aspen leaf “quakes” like the tree. Thus, it grabs attention on a silver chain or woven leather neck band.

The large Aspen leaf pendant contains three colors of Burtis Blue turquoise that include “powder blue”, “sky blue” and “tricolor”. Each stone is a one-of-a-kind stone hand-cut by Craig Shutt. Furthermore, each pendant is a one-of-a-kind pendant because no two stones are alike.

The Stone

A natural stone from Cripple Creek, CO, Burtis Blue is a pretty turquoise found in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Divided into four color categories by the mine’s owner and the miner, Burtis Blue turquoise features Powder Blue, Sky Blue, Tri-color, and Drizzle. Thus, Drizzle is consider by the miner to be the rarest form of the Burtis Blue turquoise. The Burtis Blue claim closed in February 2017.


  • Turquoise symbolizes Friendship, Calmness and Loyalty
  • Silver represents Poise, Care and Grounding

Why Turquoise? 

The following quote from Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and It’s Meaning exhibit in Sante Fe, NM, expresses the Shutts’ feelings toward the stone.

“Turquoise stands for water and for sky, for bountiful harvests, health and protection,” said Maxine McBrinn, Curator of Archaeology at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. “Blue-green symbolizes creation and the hope for security and beauty. These ideas were so important that if the stone was not available, its color was represented through other methods.”

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