Turquoise is one of my favorite gemstones. The blues and greens are so vibrant. I design in both silver and copper.
Did you know?
Turquoise is a copper aluminum phosphate mineral. It has a hardness of 5 to 6. This means it can tend to be brittle if not stabilized for strength. You may notice a black backing on some turquoise cabochons. This is an epoxy resin added to help stabilize the gem.
The bright blue turquoise is caused by the presence of Copper, while the greenish turquoise is caused by the presents of iron. Both are so beautiful!
This gem gets it’s name from the French words.. ‘pierre turquoise’ which translates to Turkish Stone. Many of the trade routes were through Turkey and local merchants took the opportunity to buy the gems and sell in local markets.
Native Americans have mined and used turquoise for over 1000 years. Pueblo, Navajo, Zuni and Apache Indians all believe that turquoise has healing and protection qualities. It is used extensively today in Native American jewelry designs. More recently many modern designers have discovered turquoise as a treasured gemstone. Tiffany and Cartier are two of the more well know luxury designers that now offer turquoise designs.
Turquoise is said to aid in creative expression and self acceptance… so get out your turquoise and wear it today!Click to tweet