Turquoise is one of the oldest known minerals and takes its name from the French "turc" meaning Turkish. It is thought that turquoise was transported to Europe through Turkey.
One of the first gems to be mined, it also inspired early imitations. The Egyptians and the Aztecs valued turquoise for its beauty and used it widely in jewellery, mosaics and ceremonial costumes.
The Egyptians mined turquoise 6000 years ago in Sinai and quickly exhausted supply. Steatite imitations have been found in graves dated at 4000BC.
The best turquoise is mined in Nishapur in Iran although it is also available in south western USA, Africa, Tibet, China, Siberia, Europe and Australia.
Turquoise gets its colour from the copper and iron content and varies from blue (the influence of copper) to green (the influence of iron) to grey. The most sought-after colour is blue and the finest examples of this gem have no veining and a waxy texture. Some collectors prefer a little veining to verify its authenticity. To see the infinite variety of the turquoise gemstone see our large collection of natural turquoise pendants.
Turquoise is relatively soft and porous. It can be damaged and altered by hot water, chemicals such as make up, hair spray and household cleaners, prolonged bright light and skin oils. Some turquoise is treated to preserve its colour and lustre and care should be taken not to remove this finish. Turquoise will easily chip and scratch.
Given as a gift, Turquoise is believed by many to bestow wealth and happiness upon its receiver.
Turquoise is said to be a guard against all diseases. It assists in tissue regeneration, subtle body alignment & strengthening. Turquoise is also believed to bring happiness and good fortune to all. It's said that turquoise attracts healing spirits, making it a premier healing stone.
Also believed to be a protective stone, turquoise is worn to guard against violence and accidents. Turquoise is also a valuable amulet for travellers.
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Turquoise is the birthstone for December and is the gemstone for the eleventh wedding anniversary. We have a large collection of natural turquoise jewellery. Our turquoise pendants are renowned for variety, value and wow factor. Choose a chain from our beautiful Italian silver chains collection and a pair of stunning turquoise earrings to complete the look.