Turquoise is a blue to gray-green semi-precious gemstone and the only gemstone belonging to the phosphates family
Turquoise is a blue to gray-green semi-precious gemstone and the only gemstone belonging to the phosphates family. Its formed millions of years ago by a chemical reaction that occurs when water leaks through rocks that contain specific minerals such as copper and aluminum. The presence of these minerals in the rock dictate the gemstones colour, for example, the small percentage of copper is what gives the Turquoise it’s stunning blue colour, while the presence of iron tends to produce a greenish colour.
In finer grades, Turquoise is rare and highly valued. For thousands of years it has been commonly used in jewellery and for ornaments. Generally, turquoise reaches a maximum Mohs hardness of just under 6.
Turquoise is the birthstone of the month of December, shared with Tanzanite, and the birthstone for the birth day of Saturday, shard with Diamond. It is known for its qualities of brining prosperity, success, and happiness. It is also considered to the be gemstone symbolic of friendship, peace and good fortune.
Regarded as a love charm, Turquoise is also said to relax the mind, protect its wearer from harm and thought to keep away evil spirits. The gemstone was also the symbol of wealth and prosperity in many ancient cultures.
Other qualities of Turquoise is said to include protection against all diseases, regeneration, and strengthening.