Turquoise

Posted on 19 November 2017

Much of our Turquoise is sourced from the USA and Mexico. Almost exclusively, our inlay jewelry will be turquoise from the USA. Turquoise from China and Tibet is used in some beaded items, we'll try to let you know as much as we do about this amazing stone!

Turquoise is one of the world’s most ancient gems. Rulers of ancient Egypt calling the gem joy, adorning themselves with it, Chinese artisans carved it more than 3,200 years ago, Native tribes used it as currency and amulets. Long considered a stone that guarantees health, good fortune, and protection from evil it is aptly named the Sky Stone.

Did you know that Turquoise is found in only a few places on earth: in dry and barren regions where acidic, copper-rich groundwater seeps downward and reacts with minerals that contain phosphorus and aluminum.  It occurs in a whole range of hues from Azure blue to rustic grey-green. Blue is created by copper, the green by bivalent iron and chrome. 

It has a Mohs hardness of 6. Birthstone for December and gem representative for the 11th anniversary.

This blue hued gemstone has been attributed with healing powers, promoting the wearer's status and wealth, protection from evil and brings good luck. The Apaches believed that turquoise attached to a bow or firearm increased a hunter’s accuracy. Turquoise was a ceremonial gem and a medium of exchange for Native Americans in the southwestern US. who were using it in extensively in jewelry and amulets.

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