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December Birthstone - Turquoise

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More Turquoise Facts, Myths and Legends

Turquoise Jewelry:

Spectrolite and Turquoise Pendant

Boulder Opal and Turquoise Pendant

Emerald and Turquoise Pendant

Lapis and Turquoise Pendant

Onyx, Pietersite and Turquoise Pendant

Moss Agate Turquoise Pendant

Turquoise Earrings


Mixed Cabochon Link Bracelet with Turquoise

Onyx and Turquoise Earrings

Mixed Stone and Turquoise Earrings

Lapis, Sugilite and Turquoise Bracelet/Cuff

Druzy and Turquoise Bracelet

Mixed Gemstone Link Bracelet with Turquoise

Opal, Lapis Turquoise Bracelet

Sterling Silver & Gold Turquoise Ring

Mens Turquoise Ring

Mans Onyx Turquoise Ring Design


Mens Turquoise Rings

Lapis and Turquoise Ring





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Turquoise is the modern December birthstone and the accepted gem for the fifth and eleventh wedding anniversaries. See other December 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.


cuff braceletA 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 East.


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18K Gold Turquoise Ring Emerald and Turquoise Pendant Silver and Gold Men's Ring



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Sources of Information:
The Curious Lore of Precious Stones
by G.F. Kunz. J.D. Lippincott. 1913
The Mineral Gallery
The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom
International Colored Gemstone Association
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals Alfed A. Knopf 1979
Stones - Their Collection, Identification and Uses by R. V. Dietrich. Geoscience Press. 1980
Guide to Gems and Precious Stones Simon & Schuster 1986
Gemstones of the World by Walter Schumann. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Gems and Jewelry by Joel E. Arem. Geoscience Press. 1992
Gems in Myth, Legend, and Lore by Bruce G. Knuth. Jeweler's Press 1999
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