by Suzanne Sachs • 5 min read
THE BASICS ---
There's no better way to celebrate special days in December than with a stunning turquoise. Whether it is for a birthday, anniversary, holiday gift or just to say congratulations, I love you or you're special, a turquoise ring or other turquoise jewelry can be the perfect choice.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW---
• About Turquoise
Also known as callais, turquoise is a stunning blue-green mineral with a chemical complex that includes aluminum, copper and phosphate. Unlike many other gems, this stone is opaque and while purely colored, plain gems are the most valued, strong inclusions that create a delicate marbling or web texture in the stone in shades of white, brown or black can be just as desirable. Rich blue hues are the rarest and most valued of all turquoise colors, but this stone can be readily found ranging from pale whitish to many shades of blue, including robin's egg, powder and sky blue. Greenish tones are often the least desirable and can range from apple green to yellow-green, and can still make stunning jewelry.
Historically, turquoise mined in Iran and throughout Persia has been the most valued, and the stone is still mined in many areas of the Middle East, including Egypt and Israel. Turquoise is also heavily mined in the dry, arid regions of the southwestern United States, with productive mines in Arizona, California, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. Elsewhere in the world, turquoise is mined in China, India, Chile, Turkestan, Australia, Mexico and Afghanistan.
• Turquoise Symbolism
Turquoise has been a powerful stone for millennia, believed to represent heaven and offer good fortune, strength and empowerment to those who wear it. Many cultures believe turquoise can ward off the evil eye or foretell death, and the stone is also believed to offer protection against falls and accidents. Turquoise is also believed to help promote leadership, ambition and success. Not only is turquoise a symbolic stone for December birthdays, but it is also associated with the eleventh wedding anniversary and the Zodiac sign Sagittarius.
• Turquoise Rings and Jewelry
Turquoise has been used in jewelry and ornamentation for thousands of years, and was particularly prominent in ancient Persia and Egypt, where it decorated the roofs of celebrated mosques and was worn by Egypt's royal pharaohs. In the New World, Aztecs used turquoise in mosaics and masks, and the stone has been used by many Native American peoples in amulets and pendants, including the Pueblo, Navajo and Apache tribes.
• Turquoise Popularity
Today, turquoise is popular in all types of jewelry, from beaded bracelets, necklaces and earrings to stunning turquoise rings. It may be mounted with silver or white gold for a cool appearance, but it is equally popular in yellow gold and rose gold for warmer, more romantic designs. Turquoise is especially popular in Victorian rings for its bold color and how stunningly this stone pairs with the luster of pearls. Turquoise accents are often found in geometric patterns on intricate antique rings, and it may also be part of inlays with opal and mother-of-pearl in many vintage rings.
• Other December Birthstones
While turquoise is the most popular of the December birthstones, it is not the only option for celebrating December birthdays and special occasions with a little sparkle. Both tanzanite and zircon are also considered December birthstones, and have other frigid blue tones that can mark this month in beautiful ways.
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