Turquoise jewellery has played an important role in several ancient cultures. Earliest records exist from Egyptian pyramids that were constructed over 5,000 years ago. Most famously turquoise was used to adorn the death mask of Tutankamun. It was also used by the Aztecs and several of the North American tribes, including the Apaches. It is believed to provide the wearer with the following benefits;
- protection from danger
- protection from falls – Turks added turquoise to the bridals of their horses.
- attract wealth
- calms the mind and eases depression
- brings happiness
It is the Traditional Birthstone for December and the 5th year of marry.
As a material for jewellery natural turquoise tends to be a relatively soft, opaque gemstone with a waxy lustre. It frequently has attractive green or brown veining formed by copper and aluminium. Nowadays most turquoise has been combined with resins to prolong it’s life and give added protection from liquids.