My Turquoise Honeymoon.

I think it’s about time that I explained myself. I love Turquoise. Since I was little it was my stone of choice. I wear it all the time. I had to name my jewellery business with turquoise somewhere in the title.

We honeymooned in Marrakech. As a modern western women I struggled with the male dominated culture. “What will your lady like to drink?” I had just finished organizing a wedding for 160 guests, while working full time, while helping our daughter settle into her first year at school. I was a whirlwind kinda gal and the sudden change of responsibility took me a while to adjust to.

But I came to like this different approach. My new husband and I, giddy with love and the novelty of honeymoon (you need the honeymoon after the headache of planning a wedding) would wander through the souk. From every doorway we would hear shouts and heckles, inviting “the beautiful lady…”  to examine their stalls. I would express interest in an item, a coffee set perhaps or a chess board. I learnt over many hours that the stall holders would not or could not negotiate with me. Even though my French is better than his.

Finally my husband and I came to an understanding. I would glance around the shop, using subtle eye movements to indicate which things I liked most, and then I would step out of the small booth and said Husband and stall holder would open bartering. Which could take some time. And involved mint tea. Camels were often discussed. Sometimes husband would exit the shop at speed with no explanation, while the seller shouted lower and lower numbers until we turned and resumed the banter. The “patter” as they say in Glasgow was good fun. Noisy, confusing and fun.

At some point nearing the end, but not always, money was exchanged and a parcel would be presented. After dinner when we returned to our exquisite hotel I would examine and open the parcels, never sure what had or had not been bought. Prices were never discussed.

This turquoise bracelet was such a parcel. Seven long links with six round connecting links. Blue turquoise with pale brown markings I wore it every day for a year. It is my turquoise honeymoon bracelet and I love it. And him.

I’m off to Handmade Harbour to see what the other bloggers have been up to. Then I’m going to open my bead box and spend the week making turquoise bracelets.


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ginny Sturdy
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 19:37:45

    I have a bit of a thing about turquoise jewellery, but not for as romantic a reason as yours. I used to work in Turquoise Class, and I thought it was a bit of a talking point with some of the children (who were fairly little) if I wore something turquoise.


    • myturquoisequeen
      Sep 10, 2012 @ 15:00:37

      Little children can be so literal and funny. For ages our smallest daughter thought that Daddy drove trains for a living as he commutes on the train every day. I’m sure your children enjoyed you in bright colours.


  2. Mythillogical (@Mythillogical)
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 19:55:55

    That is a beautiful and romantic story. There is always something lovely about a really beloved piece of jewellery bought by your loved one. Mine is the most perfect Moonstone pendant set in an amazing silver filigree setting that my husband bought for our anniversary. I will always treasure it, more so because it is from him and is a perfect illustration of how well he knows me!


    • myturquoisequeen
      Sep 10, 2012 @ 14:58:03

      It always surprises me when my hubby picks good jewellery for me. I guess they do pay attention after all. I’m glad your husband is equally skilled in gift giving. I wish you many more anniversary presents. x


  3. Wendy
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 19:56:43

    I love turquoise too and your bracelet is lovely. Love the story behind it too!


  4. Jill Spain (@JillSpain)
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 06:13:08

    What a great blog post. The turquoise bracelet is beautiful – not surprising you couldn’t take it off. Look forward to seeing your future makes. Hope you have a good week.


  5. Natalie
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 09:58:27

    what a lovely story! i love turquoise too 🙂 x


  6. Fiddly fingers
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 16:16:06

    This is a very pretty bracelet and a lovely romantic story to go with it. How could you not like turquoise!


  7. With U in Mind
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 18:04:33

    I never used to be a huge turquoise fan when I was younger. However I do have a respect (does that sound weird) for it now and every year I get to like it a little bit more. The darker the veins the prettier the stone in my eyes.

    Looking forward to seeing some of those lovely bracelets 🙂


  8. knitnrun4sanity
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 08:54:09

    I too love turquoise. It is such a happy, bright colour. I am really looking forward to seeing what you come up with this week.


  9. Made in Suisse
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 14:07:36

    I love the fact that you leave your husband do the dirty work of bartering!! I spent a lot of time working in Africa, I have done a lot of it and feels that it takes most definitely the fun out of shopping!


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