Turquoise is the traditional birthstone of December, and the chosen stone for the 11th anniversary gift. A fascinating history follows this ancient stone. Follow me through time and space when we learn more about the Gemstone of the month December.
The word "Turquoise" comes from the French, calling it the "Turkish stone". Turquoise has a wide variety of hues, mostly blue and green, but even white shades are possible! For thousands of years Turquoise has been revered throughout all cultures, making it one of the oldest gemstones in recorded history that was considered as adornment.
Since 3000 BCE in the ancient Egyptian culture, Turquoise has been crafted into jewelry due to its beauty, into battle instruments due to the beliefs of its power of protection, and even incorporated into religious tokens. Did you know that King Tut’s burial mask had Turquoise set in it? They even carved Turquoise into scarabs which was the highest form of ancient Egyptian flattery. Turquoise mines were located near the temple of Hathor, Goddess of love and joy and "Mefkat", which is the word for Turquoise in Egyptian means “joy” and “delight”!
The benefits of Turquoise include protective powers (or "Pirouzeh", as Persians named it “victory”). It was said to be a piece of the sky, so you will marvel at the Turquoise palace domes, such as seen at the Taj Mahal. Turquoise warns against doom, and provides self clarity. It helps to let go of useless regrets, and can instill confidence in your everyday life!
“Given by a loving hand it brings with it happiness and good fortune” - Old Oriental Proverb.
The stone combines the wonderful energies of the earth and the sky, stimulating romance, instills self-acceptance and deep healing. Both men and women can harness and be adorned by this beautiful unisex stone, which comes in handy, as Turquoise is the chosen 11th anniversary gift.
The biggest source for Turquoise is the United States. The beautiful state of Arizona is the leader in producing fine quality vibrant blue Turquoise, while in Tibet the Turquoise has a more greenish hue due to the added iron and chrome deposits. Turquoise is formed when rain water dissolves copper in the soil. This forms colorful nodule deposits. Such a beautiful process for a beautiful stone. Click here to shop Turquoise jewelry.