Turquoise Stones

The turquoise stone is the birthstone for December, and it is no surprise that this beautiful blue-green gemstone is a favorite among jewelry collectors.

Here are some fun facts about turquoise:

■ Turquoise is the traditional birthstone for December and is also associated with the zodiac sign of Sagittarius.

■ Turquoise stones are among the oldest minerals on earth and are only about 200 million years younger than diamonds.

■ The name turquoise is derived from the French term "Pierre turquoise," meaning "Turkish stone," because the trade routes that brought Turquoise to Europe from the mines in central Asia went through Turkey, and Venetian merchants often bought the greenish-blue stone in Turkish bazaars.

■ Turquoise is the national gem of Tibet, Tibetans believe this ocean-colored gem comes from the heavens, so they revere it for its spiritual value.

■ Turquoise stones are found in a wide range of colors, from sky blue to deep green. The most valuable turquoise stones are blue with a greenish tint, known as "robin's egg" turquoise.

■ The gemstone's blue coloring can be attributed to the presence of copper, while aluminum adds a greenish hue to the gem.

■ The value of turquoise stones decreases with the increase of a green tint, lightening of color, and mottling.

■ Turquoise is porous and absorbent. When exposed to water or oil, it will absorb it like a sponge. This may cause the gemstone to change its color.

■Turquoise mines exist in various regions of the Himalayas and Mexico, Afghanistan, Iran, China, Tibet, and Australia.

■ Turquoise has an average hardness of 6 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, making it slightly harder than window glass.

■ Turquoise stones are associated with the healing energy of water, the life-giving element that sustains the planet, and the origins of life itself. Turquoise's unique ability to support healing intentions and overall well-being is due to this water energy of renewal and rejuvenation. 

We hope you enjoyed these fun facts about turquoise!