Posted by: alenegeed | September 17, 2013

Turquoise Gemstone: Legends and Fascinating Facts

Turquoise is still one of my favorite gemstones to work with. The blues and greens are so vibrant. I use them in both silver and copper settings

turquoise cabochons for blog

Here you can see just a sampling of the cabochons I have accumulated so far. My goal is to have each one become a beautiful work of art!

A few facts:

Turquoise is a copper aluminum phosphate mineral. It has a hardness of 5  to 6. This means it can tend to be brittle if not stabilized for strength. You may notice a black backing on some turquoise cabochons. This is an epoxy resin added to help stabilize the gem.
The bright blue turquoise is caused by the presence of Copper, while the greenish turquoise is caused by the presents of iron. Both are so beautiful!
Turquoise got it’s name from the French words.. ‘pierre turquoise’ which translates to Turkish Stone. Many of the trade routes were through Turkey and local merchants took the opportunity to buy the gems and sell in local markets.

Ancient Persia and Hindu beliefs say that seeing a turquoise and the new moon at the same moment will lead to good fortune.

Starfish Pendant

raw turquoise

Raw Turquoise

Turquoise is said to aid in creative expression and self acceptance… so get out your turquoise and wear it today!

Native Americans have mined and used turquoise for over 1000 years. Pueblo, Navajo, Zuni and Apache Indians all believe that turquoise has healing and protection qualities. It is used extensively today in Native American jewelry designs.

Personally I love the history… but I love the vibrant, rich color even more. 

Here is one of my current designs are shown here. Available for purchase, of course!   Alenes Adornments
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