Turquoise Gemstones
Turquoise gemstone Everyone knows turquoise. That stunning blue-green is recognised across the world, and it’s prized for its beauty and symbolism
History Bite
The beauty of turquoise meant it was highly prized by ancient cultures from across the globe - from Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs to the Aztecs, and later the Native American Indians. Turquoise was introduced to Europe from Persia (Iran) via Turkey in the 16th century. This explains its name, which comes from the French word for ‘Turkish’.
Geology Lesson
Turquoise is defined scientifically as a hydrous phosphate of copper. Climate plays an important role in its formation, since it’s usually found in arid regions, especially in the cavities and fractures of volcanic rocks.
Hocus Pocus
Turquoise is one of the oldest protection amulets, and is believed to give strength and peace to the wearer. Others say it offers sensitivity to the spiritual world for anyone that wears it
Colour : Shades of Blue and Green
Crystal Structure : Triclinic
Sources : Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Israel, Egypt, Mexico and Tanzania