Beads of turquoise dating from around 5000BC have been found in Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq) making it one of the first gemstones to be mined. The turquoise has been prized through history for its intense colour, which varies from sky blue to green depending on the quantities of copper and iron present. The stone can be predominantly found in Australia, Iran, Tibet, Africa and Afghanistan.
The Sky-blue turquoise from Iran is considered the most desirable, although in Tibet a greener variety is preferred.
Through history it has been believed to warn its wearer of danger or illness by changing colour – not highly improbable as due to its porous nature, when worn next to the skin, it can absorb oils and change colour.
It was introduced from Persia to Europe through Turkey, hence its name, which is derived from, the French word for the stone ‘pierre turquoise’. The turquoise was the national gemstone of Persia and was believed to bring good luck if the New Moon was reflected on a piece.
Records show that Native Americans have worked with turquoise in the South-West states since 1000AD and that it has been mined in Persia (Iran) and Egypt for the last 3000 years.
A LEGENDARY STONE
The legend has it that the Turquoise is one of the oldest protection amulets, used as the talisman of kings, shamans and warriors. The turquoise is thought to provide strength and peace, and sensitivity to the spiritual world. It is also prized as a symbol of wisdom, nobility and the power of immortality across all cultures.
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