Turquoise Jewelry

By Christina Bowden

Turquoise is a highly prized gemstone. You can only find this gemstone in places like Southwest America, which is the largest producer in the world. Turquoise has been used in Iran, Chile, Australia, Tibet, and Mexico.

It is believes that it was found by Ancient Egyptians around 4,000 to 5,000 BC. Turkish is the word from which the word, turquoise originated. It first came to Europe through Turkish trade routes.

The Aztecs, Toltecs and Olmecs revered turquoise and their talents in working this stone are evident in the artifacts recovered from ancient tombs, including the death masks inlaid with turquoise mosaic.

The Tutenkhamen is the place inside of Ancient Egypt to find turquoise inlays that are also evident in desk masks.

Pueblo miners believe that turquoise must be handled with respect.

Turquoise is supposedly used to being the sea and the sky to bless warriors, according to Native Americans. Turquoise carvings were put into the graves of Native Americans because it was believed it brought the dead rest. The changing of color of untreated turquoise would symbolize the cycle of lie and death. In Russia, rings of turquoise are given to brides to bring good health, while in East Asia, they are given to horses and horsemen to protect them. Pearls had turquoise as the centerpieces in Persia to help focus their minds in prayer.

Turquoise is often viewed as something inside of intricate and delicate gold settings. Silver is often set with Native American turquoise. The porous, soft, properties of turquoise are usually set into chunky settings to hide it.

Turquoise is very diverse and can be worn with basically anything. Handmade jewelry designs are often made using turquoise to help make different pieces of unique jewelry that adds flair or interest to any outfit.

Turquoise is the anniversary stone for the fifth year of marriage as well as the eleventh year. Turquoise is also December’s birthstone. There are different colors of turquoise, from medium blues to greenish blues. Some even come with brownish lines, which are all a result of reactions with other earthly materials.

Fashionistas are predicting a resurgence of turquoise as the color for spring, so start looking for individual and unique pieces now.

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