Fun Facts About December's Birthstone Turquoise


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.

 

  • The green tint in turquoise's color comes from iron impurities (replacing aluminium) or dehydration, while the blue is a result of idiochromatic copper.

 

  • December's birthstone Turquoise is known as the sky stone by Tibetan and Nepalese people. Raw turquoise rocks are found in various regions of the Himalayas as well as Mexico, Afghanistan, Iran, China, Tibet and Australia.

 

  • December's birthstone Turquoise is known as the sky stone by Tibetan and Nepalese people. Raw turquoise rocks are found in various regions of the Himalayas as well as Mexico, Afghanistan, Iran, China, Tibet and Australia.

 

  • Turquoise stones can change color from light-blue to sky-blue to green and finally brown when heated.

 

  • The wonderful color of turquoise gemstones is due to iron within it oxidizing upon exposure to air and moisture; particularly saltwater.

 

  • Turquoise stones generally cost between $1 and $10 per carat, although the price fluctuates depending on the grade.

 

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

 

  • The turquoise stone is the only gemstone to have a color named after it.

 

  • Turquoise gems are one of the oldest minerals on earth. They are only about 200 million years younger than diamonds.

 

  • The finest grade of turquoise has a maximum Mohs hardness of just under 6. This means natural turquoise stones are slightly harder than window glass.

 

  • Turquoise gems have a waxy to subvitreous luster and are usually opaque, although sometimes they feature semitransparent properties in thin sections.Free grammar check 

 

  • Turquoise healing properties include increased inner peace, balance, love, truth, healing, courage and friendship.

 

  • Ancient Eqyptian people called turquoise jewels "mefkat", which means "joy" and "delight"

 

  • The ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti is often depicted wearing a crown with blue-green stones set in it.Free grammar check
  • The most popular fake turquoise stones include howlite and magnesite, both of which are naturally white. Magnesite has real black veining, much like that of turquoise. Dyed chalcedony, jasper, and marble are less common substitutes and considerably less convincing than real turquoise.

 

In conclusion, the turquoise stone is a fascinating gemstone with a long and colorful history. It is the birthstone for December babies and turquoise jewelry makes a beautiful addition to any jewelry collection. Thanks for reading!