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Saturday, December 14, 2013

December Birthstone - Turquoise

For the month of December, turquoise is the traditional birthstone. The word "Turquoise" is derived from the Greek word "Turkois" which means "Turkish" so called because it was first brought from Turkey. It has meant a symbol of wealth.

Colors: Turquoise can be found in blue green through various shades of green including apple green to greenish and yellowish gray.

December Birthstone Zodiac Sign is Sagittarius (The sign of the Archer) and relate to those born between November 23 - December 21.

Turquoise is also used to enhance creativity, serenity and spiritual bonding.

Turquoise Wire Wrapped Necklace
Turquoise Gemstone Necklace

Some of the properties associated with turquoise are:
  • prosperity
  • success
  • happiness 
  • good fortune

Metaphysical properties for turquoise:
  • open communication 
  • protection against all diseases
  • regeneration 
  • strengthening 

Turquoise Stacked Earrings
Healing properties for health problems relating to the throat, lungs, asthma, teeth, depression. and infection.

Location: Turquoise is found in United States, Africa, Australia, Iran, Siberia, and Europe.

Turquoise is a blue to gray green mineral consisting of copper aluminum phosphate. Turquoise is the only gemstone belonging to the phosphates family. It is a hydrous phosphate of aluminum with a small percentage of copper which gives it the blue coloring. When associated with iron the color tends to be greenish. Blue turquoise is valued as a gemstone.

Turquoise and black onyx bracelet (Coming Soon)

Other gems associated with December are Topaz, Beryl, Blue Topaz, Blue Zircon, Ruby, Lapis Lazuli and Citrine.