Unique Birthstone Jewelry
Turquoise is the modern December birthstone and the accepted
gem for the fifth and eleventh wedding anniversaries. See
birth stones: Traditional, Contemporary,
Mystical, Ancient, Zodiac and Star signs.
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Turquoise is a valuable mineral and is one of the most valuable
non-transparent minerals used in the jewelry trade. It has
been mined by early Egyptians since at least 6000 BC. Most
specimens are cryptocrystalline, meaning that the crystals
can only be seen by a microscope. The finest turquoise comes
from Iran but is challenged by some southwestern United States
specimens. Poorer quality turquoise is often dyed or color
stabilized with coatings of various resins. The name comes
from a French word which means stone of Turkey.
sacred stone for the North American Indians as well as the
Tibetans, it is often used by shamans in rituals and ceremonies.
It is said to promote mental and spiritual clarity and expansion
and to enhance wisdom, trust , kindness and understanding.
The color is, of course, turquoise, but this color actually
varies from very green blue to light sky blue shades. Hardness
of the stone ranges between 5 - 6. The color can change with
exposure to skin oils if the stone has not been stabilized
and therefore, jewelry should be wiped clean to deter this.
Besides Iran, turquoise can be found in Arizona and New Mexico,
USA, Australia, Afghanistan and other localities in the Middle
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