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Turquoise has adorned jewelry since the ancient Egyptians and has long been treasured by Middle Eastern, Asian and Native American cultures for its striking beauty and mystical properties. Mother Nature slowly forms this rare and beautiful gemstone over a million year process.
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Turquoise 101 – Learn the Basics
Can you tell good turquoise jewelry from bad? Could you spot fake turquoise? Our Turquoise 101 article will not only teach you the history of turquoise’s usage in jewelry, but also about its current usage, including how to be aware of fake and reconstituted turquoise.
Top 10 Turquoise Jewelry Facts
Did you know turquoise is the December birthstone and associated with both the 5th and 11th wedding anniversaries? Did you know about the legendary diamond and turquoise crown Napoleon Bonaparte gave Empress Marie Louise? Learn more interesting facts about turquoise jewelry in our Top Ten Turquoise Jewelry Facts.
Turquoise Jewelry History
Ancient folklore tells us that not only does turquoise jewelry possess the power to spice up any outfit, but it is also said to possess healing and protective powers. For centuries people from various cultures around the world have believed that turquoise has the ability to attract luck, love, and money. As a matter of fact, 13th century Persian traders frequently wore turquoise jewelry in an attempt to harness the protective powers of the gemstone. Now whether you choose to believe the folklore or not, you can’t deny that there’s something uniquely special about wearing a ‘piece of the sky’.
Turquoise jewelry has the ability to add whimsy to a casual outfit, and when paired with other gemstones, it adds a hint of earthy elegance to formal wear. So it comes as no surprise that in recent years the understated gem has found its way back onto the fashion industry’s radar. However, no matter what the current fashion trends may be, if you pull it off right, turquoise jewelry is always chic. Turquoise necklaces have even been discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs dating back to 3500 B.C. Thousands of years of fashion prominence can’t be wrong – turquoise jewelry truly is timeless.
Coral Jewelry Guide
The pairing of red coral with blue turquoise is among the most beautiful contrasting gem combinations in the jewelry world. Coral is a very common accompaniment gem in turquoise jewelry, and its different hues of red can dramatically highlight the green and blue tones of turquoise. In ancient times coral jewelry was particularly prized for its many believed supernatural benefits, including as a ward against accidents and a protective amulet against magic.
Want to learn more about coral and its historic and current use in jewelry? Read our full article on Coral Jewelry to sate your curiosity.
Turquoise Jewelry in the News
Beautiful Squash Blossom Necklace
Our picture of the day is this beautifully handmade Navajo squash blossom necklace made with genuine sterling silver and real Emerald Valley Turquoise. The inlay itself is carefully set in multiple settings, with think silver lines accenting in-between. It is made with one Naja (the crescent shaped center pendant piece) and a double strand of eight-mm silver round beads nicely placed in regular intervals among the round side of the beautiful center piece. The Naja itself is set with three magnificent inlay settings, and each side of the necklace itself has five settings which are attached to silver petals called squash blossoms. Each of these inlay settings are highlighted by silver beads and carefully hand cut designs. This traditional styled squash blossom necklace is not stiff and flexible.
You will definitely stand out in a crowd wearing this artfully crafted piece that is for sure. This squash blossom necklace is available for purchase from our good friends over at SilverTribe.
Our pic of the day is a beautiful turquoise and sterling silver ring. This exquisite ring has a total of 49 needlepoint stones that are delicately set, while being accented with twisted silver and mini silver beads for a beautiful finish. Wearing this particular piece will definitely draw a lot of curiosity from onlookers for sure! This specific turquoise ring comes from our good friends at SilverTribe.com.
Boulder turquoise is an unusual type of turquoise jewelry, and good stones are rare to find. Boulder turquoise is sometimes called Ribbon Turquoise, as often the turquoise comes in the form of a streak or a “ribbon” through a surrounding boulder, and is mined from the famous Royston Mines in Nevada.
Our picture of the day is a beautiful unusual boulder turquoise necklace made by Jay King the incorporates striking boulder turquoise pieces in a showcase turquoise necklace.
White buffalo turquoise is not actually turquoise, but is commonly lumped into the turquoise family since it was discovered in a turquoise mine and undergoes a very similar mineralization process as “regular turquoise.” It’s so named as it is “as rare as a white buffalo” and is increasingly used in Native American and Southwestern jewelry, and is widely considered as part of the turquoise jewelry family. This beautiful white buffalo turquoise pendant is brought to us by www.SilverTribe.com and is our Pic of the Day.
Since we’re great lovers of turquoise in general, and turquoise jewelry in particular, we are periodically going to share great pictures we find of both. Today’s pic is of a stunning group of Kingman Turquoise cabochons (cabochon, for the uninitiated, means a polished finished gemstone), courtesy of Garlands Jewelry. Kingman Turquoise has been used by the Navajos in their jewelry since 600 AD when they starting harvesting from the legendary Kingman Turquoise open-pit mine in Arizona, and is recognized by its electric blue hues traced with black matrix, and is some of the best blue turquoise you’re likely to find. Very high-grade Kingman turquoise has a silver matrix, making for a stunning mixture of electric blue and silver, which makes for some truly gorgeous turquoise jewelry.