The luring sky blue and sea green of Turquoise can easily charm you. A gemstone which takes millions of years to form as water drips over boulders with a high mineral content of iron, copper and aluminium, has to be precious to the core. The blue and green shade of the gemstone comes from the large amounts of copper in it. Used widely in jewellery and decorative pieces for home decor, Turquoise has gained popularity around the world for its mysterious colour and texture. Here are some quick facts which will make you go ‘woah’!
- The gemstone gets its name from the French word ‘turquoise’, which means the country Turkey. Turquoise was brought to Europe from here. The world’s best Turquoise is found in Turkey and Iran.
- Turkey is one of the ‘December Birthstones‘ (there are 4 in total). It is believed to bring a lot of luck and protect the wearer from an evil eye.
- In old times, Turquoise was primarily mined for decorative uses like making mosaic tiles, carvings and beads. It was started to use as jewellery only in the 1880s in America when a craftsman used silver and turquoise to make some jewellery.
- It is considered as a ‘lucky’ gemstone across many cultures. In a few native American cultures, it is believed that the gemstone brings the energy of the skies down to earth. It was thought that the gemstone will bring rain as the blue of the turquoise symbolizes the sky and the green, the earth.
- In the past, Native Americans used turquoise as a love charm. A woman receiving a piece of turquoise jewellery from a man was accepted as a form of a proposal.
- Turquoise was declared as the ‘official gem’ of New Mexico in 1967 and that of Arizona in 1974.
- The gemstone is largely found and mined in Tibet, Iran, China, Africa, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Australia and America.
- In Victorian times, the usage of Turquoise Jewellery was at its peak as it was believed that wearing a Turquoise ornament will bring good luck and strength to the wearer.
- No one Turquoise will have the same colour throughout its life. The change in the colour symbolizes life from birth to death. It is also believed that the stone changes its colour when it wants to alert its wearer of danger.
- Many people kept the gemstone in socks, as common folklore suggested that the stone will attract all negativity and will drain it to the ground.
With centuries of history, it is not a surprise that Turquoise is one of the oldest gemstones known to mankind. The blues and the greens hold secrets of the past and continue to rule our world in many forms.