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Turquoise – The Birthstone for December

Stone meaning

Peace, Fortune, Kindness & Patience

Further information

Turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral that derives its colour from copper – recognise that colour from copper church spires and statues? It has been known by many names, but the word turquoise dates to the 17th century and is derived from the French “turques” because it was first brought from Turkey, from mines in historical Persia. It is also found in the United States, where it featured heavily in Native American Indian jewellery.

Turquoise can contain narrow networks of other minerals, either isolated or as a network – these can be seen on the surface of the turquoise as black, brown, or yellowish-brown areas. Because turquoise is porous, it can absorb chemicals that can change its colour and quality, so you should be careful with perfumes, oils, cosmetics etc.