A look at Birthstones: Turquoise for December
Turquoise is one of four stones that celebrate those born in the month of December. Turquoise is known for its intense blue-green colour and can be found in various shades of blue. The finest colour is an intense blue that is uniform throughout the gem. Other gemstones representative of December-born individuals include Topaz, Zircon and Tanzanite.
Here at Susannah Lovis, we celebrate one of the world’s oldest gemstones, Turquoise, and have several pieces in our collection that feature this sensational stone; the ultimate gift for those born in December. That said, anyone can enjoy and appreciate the beauty of this stone, so if it’s about time you treated yourself to something special, check out our website today.
Below you will find five interesting facts about Turquoise to better help you understand the nature of such a revered and iconic treasure:
- As well as being one of three designated stones for those born in the month of December, turquoise is also recognised as a celebratory gem for those revelling in 11 years of marriage.
- In the ancient Persian Empire, the sky-blue gemstones were earlier worn round the neck or wrist as protection against unnatural death. If they changed colour, the wearer was thought to have reason to fear the approach of doom. We now know that the turquoise certainly can change colour, but that this is not necessarily a sign of impending danger. The change can be caused by the light, or by a chemical reaction brought about by cosmetics, dust or the acidity of the skin.
- Turquoise forms when water containing copper and aluminium seeps through rocks. The gem forms in veins inside the rock. Eventually, if enough veins form in one rock at once, they become a clump of turquoise.
- Turquoise is one of the only gemstones not judged by the 4 C’s. This is because the physical properties of the stone vary so greatly. Instead, the categories colour, matrix, hardness, and size determine the value of turquoise. Generally, in the United States, matrix tends to lower the value of the stone. Although, traditional Native American jewellery celebrates the natural veins and webs that appear in the gem.
- In the thirteenth century, turquoise was named in the mistaken belief that it came from Turkey. In fact, turquoise came in Europe through Turkey, but its origin was Persia, where it has been mined for thousands of years.
We hope you have enjoyed our brief but fascinating foray into the history and science of Turquoise; should you be lucky enough to be born in December please feel free to browse our website for our extensive collection of vintage and antique jewels. If our turquoise jewellery doesn’t take your fancy, there’s a range of beautiful brooches, earrings and dazzling stones that will!