Quick...which of these stones don't belong?
Trick question...none of them, because they're all turquoise!
This month, I decided to focus on turquoise, though I think any month is a good month to talk about turquoise.
Here are a few fun facts about turquoise, that you may or may not know:
And how is it that turquoise comes in so many colors? Funny you should ask, because I'm about to tell you.
Turquoise forms when water percolates through rocks that contain copper, aluminum, and other minerals. The blue in the stone is enhanced when copper is present. If the area where it's formed contains more aluminum, the turquoise will shade to green. Add more zinc, and it will be more yellow-green, which is a rare combination that (so far) has only been found in a few areas.
Then there's the dark markings. That's called the matrix, which is the actual rock that turquoise is formed in. When the stones are cut from the earth, some of the matrix remains bound to the turquoise. Even the matrix varies, since turquoise can form in different types of rock. Consider this:
Another fun fact: turquoise is regarded as a good-luck charm in many cultures, including ancient Egypt, the Persian Empire, Shang Dynasty of China, as well as most Native Americans. In my studies for this blog, one of the oldest finds is a 3700-year-old antique in the shape of a dragon, made up of over 2,000 pieces of turquoise and is believed to be the oldest Chinese dragon totem.
As far back as it may go in history, turquoise really became important in the West around the 14th century, after a decline in the Roman Catholic Church's influence, when they began allowing turquoise to be used in secular jewelry.
Here are some pretty pieces of turquoise jewelry to feast your eyes on. Some of these pieces are available...some are already sold. Let me know if you like anything and I can make a piece of custom turquoise jewelry just for you.
I hope you're feeling smarter...and inspired to find your perfect piece of turquoise...as unique as you!
Until next month!