Ritornello Collection: turquoise flute 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 stone is turquoise from the Hubei province of China, located in an arid region in the central part of the country. Fun fact: when turquoise is more blue, that means it has a lot of copper in it. When it is more green, it has a lot of iron in it! This seems opposite of what you think it might be, considering copper turns greenish when it oxidizes, but the geologists have spoken, and since I slept through most of my geology classes back in the day, who am I to argue? The chain is 18 inches long and sterling silver. The decorative element is also sterling silver. The turquoise-colored bead is actually dyed magnesite.