Monday, 11 February 2013

Terrific Turquoise!

If you are as in love with Turquoise as much as us then we're sure you'd love to know a little more about the history of this beautiful stone!
Turquoise has long been famed for its intense colour and can vary from vibrant blues to gorgeous greens, this colour variation is affected by the amount of copper and iron that is within the stone. Varying from a solid colour to beautiful black veining this stone is always one to grab attention in jewellery designs.


Where is Turquoise found?
Turquoise can be found in a number of countries around the world, the country of origin very often dictates the colour of the Turquoise, so Iranian Turquoise is famed for it's sky blue colour whereas Tibetan Turquoise is treasured for it's greener colour, as is Turquoise from the USA and Mexico.
Turquoise is often formed within igneous and sedimentary rocks that are rich is aluminium. It very rarely forms crystals but instead creates a large crust on rocks. As it doesn't form crystals it is a very light and fragile material and so the majority of Turquoise on the market has been stabilised for use in jewellery.

Turquoise...a brief history!
Turquoise was one of the first stones to be mined. It's history dates back to Ancient Egypt when it was considered sacred to the goddess Hathor. It was also considered sacred for many Native Americans tribes including Navajos and Apaches where Turquoise was prominent in their jewellery and carvings as talismans. Today Turquoise is an extremely popular stone and is used in a wide range of jewellery making including as beads, cabochons and even faceted cut stones.
 



Turquoise and crystal healing.
Turquoise is said to be a protective stone which enhances intuition, therefore it has been thought that it can warn the wearer of danger or illness by changing colour. It is also traditionally believed to unite the earth and sky to bring inner calm.

Click here to see some of our Turquoise beads.
Click here to see some of our Turquoise cabochons.

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