Flute and Tibetan Turquoise Pendant
The story behind this flute is kind of funny, especially if you have ever dealt with any middle school kids! I bought the parts from this flute from a repair technician friend of mine down in Houston. It seems the parents of a beginning band student in the area had been given this lovely brand new silver flute from the rental fleet at the music store and been instructed by both the middle school band director AND her parents to wait until school started so she could learn to assemble the instrument properly (flutes bend very easily when mishandled). As I am sure you can guess, these instructions fell on deaf ears, and the young lady found a YouTube tutorial about how to put a flute together, managed to jam it together and play a few sounds, and was so excited by this that she ran downstairs to show mommy and daddy what she could do. What happened next remains unclear, as this enthusiastic beginning flute player was not exactly forthcoming in the details, but the official story is she tripped and fell down the stairs and landed on the flute. My repair tech friend and I both agreed that there must have been more to the story, judging from the damage that was done, but that was her story and she was sticking to it. The flute was under rental warranty, so she was given a new flute with the admonition to not let gravity get involved any more. Meanwhile, the mangled remnants of this poor flute were relegated to what my friend affectionately calls the “bone yard” of spare instrument parts until I asked if he had any parts he could spare. The rest, as they say, is history, and now it lives on as a piece of jewelry with a story to tell!
The silver has been oxidized to make it turn black, then coated to protect the color. The necklace is 10k gold plated steel chain that is 18 inches long. The lobster claw clasp is also 10k gold plated steel. The decorative elements are brass and 10k gold plated copper. The stone is stabilized Tibetan turquoise. Turquoise is a December birthstone. It is also the stone for the 11th wedding anniversary. I don't know what you will do with that information, but there we are. Another fun fact about this particular stone is that I bought it from a gentleman who was 96 years old. He was selling off his stash of vintage turquoise because he was retiring. When I asked him why he was retiring now, he told me it was so he could chase women. His wife, who was standing nearby, just laughed and said he wouldn't know what to do with one if he caught one, so she wasn't worried. They were a hoot!