10 Intriguing Facts About Turquoise - Empowering Personal Style

10 Intriguing Facts About Turquoise - Empowering Personal Style

As an artisan jeweler, I find joy in creating jewelry that enhances personal style and empowers self-expression. Turquoise, with its delightful green and blue hues, is among my favorite gems to work with. Explore these 10 fascinating facts about turquoise and share your thoughts in the comments!

1. Ancient History: Turquoise has a rich history dating back thousands of years. It was highly prized by ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, Persians, and Native American tribes who used it for jewelry, amulets, and ceremonial objects.

2. Healing and Protection: Turquoise is often associated with healing and protection properties. It is believed to promote positive energy, enhance intuition, and provide protection against negative influences.

3. Unique Color: One of the most distinctive features of turquoise is its unique blue-green color, which can range from sky blue to a deeper greenish hue. This vibrant color adds a touch of elegance and individuality to any piece of jewelry. Turquoise derives its enchanting green and blue tones from the small quantities of iron, zinc, and/or copper found within its chemical makeup.

4. Birthstone and Zodiac Sign: Turquoise is the birthstone for December, making it a meaningful and thoughtful gift for anyone with December birthdays. Additionally, it is associated with the zodiac sign of Sagittarius. 

5. Symbol of Friendship: In many cultures, turquoise is considered a symbol of friendship and goodwill. It is said to absorb and reflect the qualities and traits of the person who wears it. Giving turquoise jewelry to a friend can be seen as a gesture of friendship and affection. 

6. Adaptable Stone: Turquoise's versatility complements dynamic fashion choices. It can be paired with both casual and formal outfits, making it a perfect choice for various occasions.

7. Spiritual Connection: Turquoise is often associated with the throat chakra, encouraging authentic self-expression and communication. This aligns with Entangled Co's mission to empower people to express themselves confidently.

8. Rare and Valuable: High-quality turquoise is becoming rarer, making it a valuable addition to your jewelry collection. 

9. Geographical Origins: Turquoise is found in various regions around the world, including the United States (particularly in the American Southwest), Iran, China, Egypt, and Mexico. Each location produces turquoise with its own unique characteristics and color variations.

10. Enhancement and Stabilization: Due to its porous nature, turquoise is often treated to enhance its color and durability. Common treatments include stabilization, which involves impregnating the stone with a clear resin to improve its hardness and preserve the natural color. I try to source only natural stones that are not stabilized. Often those stones will have a steel backing to prevent them from braking. 

Browse my favorite turquoise pieces here: Turquoise Collection

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