Turquoise is one of the oldest known gemstones. It has been popular all over the globe for centuries. Worn as a symbol of opulence it was originally mined in Egypt around 5000 years ago.
Most of us wrongly believe that the name came because of the colour of the stone. In fact it originated from a French phrase “pierre turquoise” as “pierre” translates as rock or stone. It was incorrectly thought that turquoise came from Turkey whereas in fact it would have originated from Persia (which is now known as Iran).
The colour is commonly bluish-green with the finest stone being an intense blue. Turquoise may contain delicate veins or mottled webbing throughout and they can be black, brown or yellowish-brown and are referred to as the matrix. These patterns add to the uniqueness of the stone.
Turquoise is as popular today as it was years ago when it symbolized heaven for Persians. They used turquoise in all aspects of their lives- from wearing the stone to even lining the domes of their palaces with it.
Native American cultures saw turquoise as a protecting force with it repelling demons and bringing prosperity. They carved animals from turquoise to guard their tombs and their warriors decorated their weapons with it.
Turquoise is a common sight on Tibetan people as it signifies the development of wisdom as well as the cycle of life and death. This is central to their religion and Buddhist monks frequently wear bracelets and pendants made from the stone.
Today it is said to guarantee health, good fortune and protection from evil. It is the birthstone for December. It has been discovered that it can change colour by light or a chemical reaction.
Turquoise is spectacular and striking so do not let it compete with your other accessories and thus allowing you to also experience the calm tranquillity that is said to carry.