I’ve been a fan of turquoise ever since my dad brought me a necklace with turquoise beads from a business trip when I was about 4. (I still have it, in fact!) As a young adult I visited New Mexico, and I couldn’t decide which hue I liked best — from the true blue to the blue-greens. I’ve come to the conclusion I like it all! (shocker, I know) I’m a fan of everything from vintage Native American Squash Blossom necklaces to sleek, modern pieces.
Turquoise, which gets its name from the French words for “Turkish Stone” has been part of the human culture since ancient times. Turquoise beads have been unearthed from 5000 BC, if you can believe it! Throughout history, this stone has been an amulet of protection, a sign of wealth and wisdom. It’s considered sacred by many cultures. In addition, this stone promotes:
-serenity & peace
-aids the immune system
-promotes honest communication
-helps your body detox
With all these amazing attributes in mind, which piece of jewelry from the selection below would you pick if you had a bottomless wallet?
Ann Dexter-Jones turquoise ID bracelet
Jennifer Meyer double drop turquoise and diamond earrings
Arik Kastan turquoise ring
Blackbird and The Snow rose gold and turquoise bird earrings
Suzanne Kalan turquoise ring
Pascale Monvoisin turquoise and diamond cuff
Feathered Soul sleeping beauty turquoise and diamond necklace
Armenta green turquoise and opal band
Zoe Chicco turquoise cuff
Andrea Fohrman turquoise crescent moon ring
Now don’t forget, that turquoise is one of four
birthstones for the month of December. If you missed my article on tanzanite, then click here
to get caught up. Happy birthday to you December babies!
How is it that December has FOUR birthstones? If you’re lucky enough to be born this month, then you can choose from tanzanite, turquoise, zircon and blue topaz. With it’s blue-violet hue, tanzanite is the subject of today’s article. Coming from only one place on the planet (Tanzania in East Africa), I was surprised to find out that this gem can actually be found in browns and yellows. It is heat, either from the earth or by man, which changes the stone to the most prized blue-violet color. Originally discovered in 1967, this stone is both rare, valuable, and fairly fragile. (Translation: Use care when wearing and never put it in an ultrasonic cleaner!)
Tanzanite is known as the stone of transformation, aiding in metaphysical healing and spiritual exploration. In addition, tanzanite helps with:
-happiness and freedom from worry
-finding your calling
-getting rid of old patterns and opening oneself to growth
-strengthens your immune system
I’m in! Are you? If so, here are some fantastic tanzanite creations by some very talented designers.
Kaali Designs tanzanite cabochon and diamond ring from Zaver & Mor
(and because you need to see the stellar side view)
Carla Amorim Castanhas earrings
Phyne by Paige Novick tanzanite, diamond and blackened white gold ear cuff
Rosanne Pugliese tanzanite cage ring
Arman tanzanite hoop earrings
Celine Daoust tanzanite trio ring
Selim Mouzannar caged tanzanite and diamond drop earrings
Carole Shashona dream wing necklace
Irene Neuwirth drop earrings
Maragret Solow double tanzanite drop necklace
I think these selections will resonate with a wide variety of personal styles — from edgy to bohemian to luxe and beyond. If you had the *infamous* bottomless wallet that I dream about having, which piece would you desire most? Do tell!