Those with December birthdays are fortunate to have the choice of three amazing gemstones, all which carries a unique blue tone.  They are Zircon, Tanzanite and Turquoise.  While Zircon (not to be confused with Zirconia) can be found in a variety of colors, blue is the overwhelming favorite.

This December we will focus on turquoise and its fascinating history and background. Turquoise is found in only a few places on earth: dry and barren regions where acidic, copper-rich groundwater seeps downward and reacts with minerals that contain phosphorus and aluminum. The color is, of course, turquoise, but this color actually varies from very green-blue to light sky blue shades. The most prized turquoise color is an even, intense, medium blue, but some people prefer a greenish-blue. Where the turquoise forms can create matrix, some dark brown, some tan, these resemble splotches or veins. Some people actually prefer the presence of matrix. The most expensive and preferred turquoise is with no matrix, the second is known as spiderweb turquoise, thin, delicate, web-like patterns across the face of the gemstone.

A sacred stone for the North American Indians, as well as, the Tibetans, it is often used by shamans in rituals and ceremonies. Turquoise is among the oldest known gemstones; it has been mined since 3,200 BC. It graced the necks of Egyptian Pharaohs and adorned the ceremonial dress of early Native Americans. It is said to promote mental and spiritual clarity and expansion to enhance wisdom, trust, kindness, understanding and even good luck.

Special care is required for turquoise regardless of whether or not it is enhanced. A porous gemstone, turquoise can absorb anything it touches. Avoid contact with cosmetics, perfumes, skin oil, acids, and other chemicals. Avoid dehydrating it or exposing it to heat.

How to Find out More About Turquoise:

The GIA encyclopedia is an excellent resource if you want to do a deep dive on a gemstone.  For more of a fashion focus, there was a great article fearturing lovely turquoise pieces in British Vogue this month.

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Covett Turquoise Bracelet

Currrently in the vault we have an amazing 1960’s Gold, Natural PersianTurquoise and Diamond Bracelet available for co-ownership. Find the details here.