Turquoise Gemstones

Turquoise is one of the world's oldest mined gemstones, and has a history stretching back to the ancient Persian and Aztec times. Turquoise can be a stunning looking gemstone. It has truly intense colours and has been used in wonderful jewellery making throughout civilisation. Turquoise varies in colour, from deep blue to dark greenish blue and yellowish green. The colour depends on the amount of copper and iron within the stone. Persian light blue turquoise was once the most sought after, although trends and fashions change and many these days prefer the greenish blue turquoise of USA (mined in Arizona) and Tibet.

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About Turquoise

Turquoise is thought to be one of the world's oldest mined gemstones. Turquoise has been mined in Persia for over 3000 years for example, and the distinctive light blue Persian turquoise has been used in all kinds of jewellery and decoration since ancient times. The most sought after turquoise will have a radiant, sky blue to green blue colour. Turquoise of a stronger green colour tends to be less sought after.

Turquoise is thought to help warn of illness or danger, by changing colour. It is the birthstone for December and wearing it is thought to enhance strength and communication. Turquoise symbolises prosperity, success, happiness and good fortune.

A clean, clear, turquoise gemstone, free of any matrix running through it, is probably the most prized gemstone but of course quite rare. Most of the cheaper turquoise includes a matrix, and is usually in bead form, from China and Brazil.

Turquoise Bead Gemstones

Typical Turquoise Uses

With over 3000 years of history behind it, it's no surprise that turquoise has been used in a huge variety of jewellery, from ancient ceremonial jewellery to elegant Victorian inlay right up to charming ethnic style jewellery commonly seen today. It can be carved (there are many cameos made from turquoise) and engraved, although most commonly you will see turquoise beads and cabochons.

Turquoise Jewellery

Turquoise has been in and out of fashion throughout the years. It was extremely popular in the Victorian era, and these days this enchanting stone is as popular as it ever was. It is well suited for use in larger jewellery pieces, especially as it feels fairly light. But turquoise jewellery needn't always be chunky or "ethnic" in style. It can be used to wonderful and striking effect in subtle jewellery pieces, simply because the colour of turquoise stands out so much. Turquoise jewellery can look so striking. It is the birthstone for December, and turquoise will always make an excellent gift for anyone born in that month.

Turquoise Occurrences and Origins

Traditionally the most sought after turquoise came from Persia, which has been produced there for over 3000 years. Persian turquoise is a beautiful sky blue colour, although these days the production of Iranian turquoise has reduced to little if any as all. These days some of the best turquoise comes from USA, but it is also found in Mexico, Chile and Brazil, as well as China, Russia, Turkistan and Tanzania. Tibet produces beautiful and highly prized turquoise, which is especially sought after because of its greener tone. Turquoise can also be found in smaller amounts in Cornwall.

Turquoise Jewellery