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Turquoise – an ancient and beautiful stone

Fashion .

 

Turquoise is one of the oldest known gemstones to be treasured by mankind, coveted as a sacred stone in Egypt for more than 7,500 years. Its name originating from the French for ‘Turkey’, due to its historic trade in turquoise.  

A scarab made of turquoise. Egypt (1648 BC). Photo Wikimedia

With its characteristic opaque green and blue hues, it was also valued throughout the ancient Americas. The Aztecs used turquoise in jewellery and religious ceremonies.

 

The diadem of Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria mounted with diamonds and turquoise. Photo Wikimedia

To this day, Mexico’s artisans in Taxco still use turquoise as one of the main materials to add beauty to sterling silver jewellery and many believe that turquoise brings good fortune to those who wear it.

Turquoise’s beautiful green and blue colours can be described as anything from greenish or blueish cyan, to aquamarine.

Photo Wikimedia

The freedictionary.com defines turquoise as:

"turquoise [ˈtɜːkwɔɪz -kwɑːz] n

1. (Earth Sciences / Minerals) a greenish-blue fine-grained secondary mineral consisting of hydrated copper aluminium phosphate. It occurs in igneous rocks rich in aluminium and is used as a gemstone. Formula: CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8.4H2O " 

Turquoise’s natural beauty lends itself easily to fashion, including jewellery, clothing and cosmetics. The blues and greens are also often incorporated into a wide range of interior decoration uses.

Because turquoise is porous, it is not advised to use harsh chemical cleaners on the stone, however gentle and careful use of a silver cleaning clothe around the sterling silver setting will be fine.

See more of Moon Zenith’s turquoise jewellery HERE

 

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