The Turquoise owes its name to the Frenchman Pierre Turquoise. It means “turquoise stone”. Turquoise forms its own mineral group. Turquoise is one of the oldest gemstones in the world. Already considered a bringer of luck in ancient times, it was honored as a sacred stone. Napoleon gave his second wife a diadem set with Turquoise gemstones. To this day, Turquoise is considered a symbol of generosity and affection. In healing, wearing this gemstone is said to bring success and give people the strength to protect themselves. Turquoise is December’s birthstone. It is often given as a gift on 11th wedding anniversaries.
Turquoise is found in various shades of blue. They include sky blue, blue-green and apple-green colors. The most desirable is sky blue. Turquoise can have a matrix (marbling) and what are known as veins (black, grey, brown). The most valuable and rare are pure Turquoises, which are free from these veins. Turquoise is an opaque gemstone and cabochon cuts and pearl shapes are a particularly special showcase for its beauty.
You can clean your Turquoise with lukewarm water and soap. Turquoise should not come into contact with acids, cosmetics or strong sunlight. Please do not put on your jewelry until you have applied cream, make-up, or other products. The gemstone should be protected from impact and scratches. Make sure to store it safely.
The most renowned Turquoise mines were once found in Persia, but these have long been closed. Turquoise is currently found in Mexico and the USA. Special sky-blue specimens are discovered in the mines of Arizona and Nevada. One of the most famous mines was the “Sleeping Beauty”, but now, even if it has closed, making it a tougher challenge for our gemologists to find clean Turquoise and bigger rough stones.