Turquoise is one of our favorite stones. The bold blue/green color makes for fun jewelry that spices up any outfit! Did you know that the word "turquoise"is derived from the French word for "turks" because it was first imported to Europe from Turkey in the 17th Century? Though we go by the modern name, this stone has been known to humans for thousands of years and has a very interesting history.
From Aztecs to Egyptian Pharaohs to Ancient China, turquoise has always been a valuable stone across countries and cultures. Throughout time, stone was built into masks, jewelry, beads and sculptures. Most of these communities held the belief that turquoise possessed prophylactic qualities. People believed it changes color with the wearer's health and helps to protect the body from untoward forces. One Aztec tribe even thought turquoise would ensure an archer had perfect aim. What put turquoise on the "modern map" was when some stones were found in Tutankhamun's tomb in the mid-19th century.
Turquoise is found in many countries, the most notable being Iran, Mexico, China and the Southwest region of the United States. The iron in these mines are what causes the fantastic blue/green color of turquoise and is also why no two pieces are exactly the same. These days, turquoise is still just as treasured. We especially love to wear this stone in the summer for an extra pop of color. Some staff favorites are the Gemini earrings and Starburst Drops. What is your favorite Turquoise piece?