Spotlight on Turquoise!

Modern Turquoise
Modern Turquoise

If you are born in the month of December or need to buy a gift for someone in the month of December, consider Turquoise Jewelry. Since it is the birthstone of December, it is a great option. Plus it is one of those stones that has maintained popularity for thousands of years. So there must be something special about it!

COLOR: Turquoise colors range from sky blue to various shades of green and yellow. It is a secondary mineral deposited from circulating waters, and occurs chiefly as an opaque, granular vein running through a host rock. The name turquoise originated from the word ‘turc’ (Turkish in French) as it was originally transported from Europe through Turkey.

HISTORY: Turquoise was obtained from the Sinai Peninsula before the 4th millennium BC in one of the world’s first important hard-rock mining operations. Turquoise started being used before 4000 BC. Turquoise was an important ornamental mineral for jewelry and other object by the ancient Egyptians. It graced the necks of Egyptian Pharaohs and adorned the ceremonial dress of early Native Americans. This mystical gemstone has been mined for thousands of years by various other cultures. Nowadays, turquoise is mined in a number of places including the United States, Iran, China, and Tibet.

GIFT USE: Turquoise is the anniversary gemstone for the 5th year of marriage. You can give or receive turquoise jewelry for an anniversary gift.

CARE: To properly care for your turquoise jewelry you will want to note the following:  The stone’s color and luster tend to deteriorate with exposure to sunlight, heat, or various weak acids so it is best to avoid hot water and the harshness of household chemicals. Turquoise is also pretty soft because it is naturally porous so you should try and avoid knocking it to avoid scratches or dents. Exposure to chemicals and oils, high heat, and direct sunlight can take an effect on the color of your gemstone. It is best to use mild soap and warm water along with a soft cloth to gently clean away any dirt or debris.

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