For thousands of years the ancient Persians exported Turquoise to the world, it was hugely popular and to this day its demand is still massive, so huge is this demand that a worldwide industry has developed not just to mine it, but to imitate and reproduce it as well.
The Turquoise Gemstone is the official stone for December and is also used to celebrate five years of marriage.
I wore turquoise jewelry for my wedding. I hope I receive some to mark that milestone next year.
Originally, Persia (Iran) was the most important source of Turquoise but is now virtually mined out; good sources of the stone are Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Mexico, Russia, Tanzania and Turkestan. The very best material at the moment comes from the Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona. Larimar, which is the Dominican Republic’s version of turquoise, can be found near the border of Haiti.
The colour of Turquoise can range from a deep blue to blue/green a dark greeny blue to a yellowy green. Impurities present in the Gemstone give the Turquoise it’s colouring, copper is responsible for it’s blue toning while iron gives the stone a green tint.
Natural Turquoise can be quite expensive and it is for this reason many different imitations exist on the market today. Glass imitation Turquoise has been around since Victorian times and can be hard to distinguish from natural Turquoise.
The Turquoise Gemstone has long been believed to be a magical stone that connects spiritual awareness and develops inner strength and calm.
It has always been worn as a natural protection against the powers of darkness, even now it is used as the protective stone of pilots and aircrews and many other occupations deemed as high risk.
The North American Indians still produce a great deal of traditional silver jewelry using Turquoise, and believe that the Gemstone opens up a connection between the sky and the sea.
The Navajo Indians have had a long love affair with turquoise or skystone as they refer to the gem, believing that wearing the stone offers them good fortune. Some spiritual ceremonies are held where turquoise is cast into a river to help bring rainwater to their lands. Ancient manuscripts from Persia report that the health of a person wearing Turquoise can be assessed by the variations in the colour of the stone. It is also believed Turquoise heals the emotions and enhances communication and creativity.
Turquoise is the national Gemstone of Iran (Persia) and is used for the decoration of thrones. Montezuma’s treasure, which is on display in the British Museum, includes a wonderful carved serpent that is covered by a mosaic of Turquoise.
Turquoise can darken and turn slightly green with age. Because of it’s porosity the stone can lose it’s color if it comes into contact with detergents, grease or perspiration.
If you wear a Turquoise ring, it should always be removed before washing your hands and perspiration should be cleaned off gently with water. Turquoise is considered affordable women’s ring jewelry .
Turquoise Jewelry should always be stored in a cool, dark box in acid free tissue paper, away from other Jewelry that may cause it damage.
Do you own turquoise jewelry? Tell us how you feel about this exquisite stone: