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  • Turquoise Collection

    February 25, 2021

    If you are looking for a stone of hope, protection, energy renewal and rejuvenation, enhancing communication, and reducing negative emotions, then Turquoise is your stone! 

    The blue, blueish green to yellow-green (presence of copper) color of Turquoise is prized all cultures since 5,000 BCE as a protective amulet and good luck stone. It is the traditional birthstone for December but did you know also for anybody born on a Saturday. It is no surprise the state gemstone for Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico is Turquoise.  

    Turquoise is a hydrated copper/aluminum phosphate of cryptocrystalline, aggregate structure. Its beautiful blue color comes from copper with chromium/vanadium adding green, and yellow colors coming from iron. It can be found alone or in conjunction with other minerals including malachite, lapis or chrysocolla. With a MOHS hardness of 5-6, be careful when working with turquoise since it can be kind of porous, fragile, and susceptible to heat. This is why you commonly see it stabilized or color enhanced. 

    The word Turquoise comes from the French pierre turquoise meaning “Turkish stone” referring to how the stones came to Europe through Venetian traders buying the stones in Turkish bazaars (mined in central Asia). You can find Turquoise in Afghanistan, Africa, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Kenya, Mexico, Tibet, United States (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Virginia), Uzbekistan.

    Historically, vibrant Turquoise was carved, worn as jewelry or personal decoration, and inset into thrones, daggers, and goblets by the ancient cultures. The ancient Egyptians, Persians, Chinese, Aztecs and Incas of South America used Turquoise to bring good fortune, power, invincibility (ancient Egyptians), and protection. Turquoise is commonly used in Native American jewelry alone or in combination with red or creamy white coral heishi or free-form nuggets. 

    Our Turquoise Collection contains natural stone and some with enhanced color and/or stabilized to protect the soft nature of the stone available as round, heishi, rondelle, faceted beads or unique shapes (free-form, chips) in sizes 2 to16mm depending on cut. Link with ancient civilizations

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