Turquoise is an opaque, light to dark blue or blue-green gem. The finest, most valued color is an intense blue. Prior to 3000 BC Turquoise was used in jewelry and ornamental objects by the Ancient Persians, Egyptians and Aztec civilizations. Later, even the American Indians and ancient Inca and Aztec cultures also venerated the stone. Turquoise was often worn on the turbans of kings, often surrounded with pearls, in order to protect their wearer against the ‘evil eye.’ As talismans, they adorned daggers, sabers and the bridles of horses. Turquoise is also said to be responsible for faithfulness and constancy in relationships and so is often given as a gift of friendship.
Among the ancient empires, where it was the most popular ornamental gemstone, Turquoise today still remains a popular gemstone and is one of the most important opaque gemstones. It is highly regarded due to its unique turquoise-blue color, and is the only gemstone to have an exclusive color named after it.
Not only is Turquoise beautiful, it has also been attributed with powers thus promoting the wearers status and wealth: It was said to bring protection from evil and bring good luck. It is believed to bring peace, luck, safety and happiness, to ward off unnatural death and provides protection against evil, to promote mental and spiritual clarity to enhance trust, wisdom, kindness and understanding. Powerful attributes for a gem that is also lovely to wear. The most well-known deposits are in the USA, Mexico, Israel, Iran, Afghanistan and China.
Birth Stone of December: TURQUOISE
There are actually three birthstones for those who born in December: Turquoise, Zircon and Lapis Lazuli, but the most popular one is Turquoise which also the accepted gem for the 5th and 11th wedding anniversaries.