Hello, Monday! Hello, a new day of knowledge! Hello, a post about the history of the material! New spring month had started for 4 days already, and we haven’t changed anything. But it’s okay. We remain faithful to our traditions.
Last week I finished a dreamy post about engagement rings, their selection and symbolism. And there was a ring, which has fallen into my soul for the whole weekend – it was a turquoise stone ring. This feeling I had when I first saw the beauty of lapis jewelry. This is something magical, something fascinating …
Ancient people believed that turquoise stone brings a good luck in love and reconciles spouses. Click To Tweet Perhaps this is why turquoise is one of the extended stones for creating engagement and wedding rings. By the way, do you know the funny tradition that has perhaps every couple – hanging locks on the bridge of lovers? So, some of these of locks are done with turquoise stone inlaids.
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It is said that turquoise is able to change its color throughout the life. According to the legend, lovers shared a stone among themselves, and if it eventually changed the color, it means that the second half fell out of love. It is like a belief about the darkening pearl or a crack in the emerald.
But natural turquoise stone can really change its color under the influence of heat, light, sweat, oils, cosmetics and detergents, the process of drying. For a long time people have been trying to guess the state of health of the person who wears the turquoise, that had changed the color.
Like any sugary girl I couldn’t take my eyes off the color saturation of this stone: such gentle, girlishly correct pastel candy shade. The color scheme of the turquoise ranges from a sky-blue to an apple green. ‘The green “turquoise” is merely ground magnesite or howelite that has been dyed, mixed with resin and poured into a mold. “Green turquoise” is actually a stone called Chrysacola.’ Sometimes you can meet even such option as a “white turquoise”. But, ‘ there is no such thing as white turquoise. What people call white turquoise is actually Howelite.’ The blueness of turquoise snone is attached by copper and green tones are just impurities of iron. Typically, turquoise is dotted with lots of dark streaks and inclusions, which create an original structural drawing. And if lapis can be compared with a starry sky – beauty of this unusual stone can’t be compared with anything. But it’s just my opinion. Maybe you have any options of natural phenomena or something like this? Please, write in comments.
‘The substance has been known by many names, but the word turquoise, which dates to the 17th century, is derived from the French turques for “Turks”, because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey, from mines in the historical Khorasan Province of Persia.’
Turquoise has always been considered the stone of happiness. Click To Tweet And it is not strange at all – everything is connected with the fascinating color of this stone. The main effect of the turquoise shade - is the physical tranquility. Click To Tweet But in addition, this color reduces aggressiveness, strengthens the emotional stability. Turquoise color can be found in meditation rooms.
Clothes in this color “will establish” a contact with your interlocutor. A diary or any frequently used item associated with your work – will reduce nervousness during the week. So you can imagine what magical properties have a stone, that bears the name of turquoise.
There are also still a lot of hopeful beliefs on the account of this stone. It is said that the morning examining of turquoise improves the vision. Wearing turquoise stone earrings or a pendant strengthens the heart, eliminate fear, save us from fatigue. Anyone who wears turquoise, will never have a shortage of money. Wearing turquoise stone also provides a long life and prosperity.
In China turquoise has long been the second favorite stone after the jade. On the territory of ancient Tibet it was considered not even a gem, but a living creature, and even the deity. According to the legend, tribes of North American Indians considered turquoise stone the greatest value – it was a magical stone for them, which value was opened to people by gods. Persian shahs were the most insane and passionate hunters for the turquoise. The Shah treasury is in the basement of the Iran Central Bank – it has a unique collection of turquoise. Special valued Farah Pahlavi’s tiara is famous for its design: turquoise stone is alternating with diamonds.
‘Turquoise was among the first gems to be mined, and while many historic sites have been depleted, some are still worked to this day. These are all small-scale, often seasonal operations, owing to the limited scope and remoteness of the deposits. Most are worked by hand with little or no mechanization. However, turquoise stone is often recovered as a byproduct of large-scale copper mining operations, especially in the United States.’
The real turquoise - is a very absorbent material. Click To TweetProducts made of it should be protected from sudden changes in temperature, heating, from exposure to acids, abrasives and fumes, also it can’t be cleaned in a soapy water. The most valuable is considered to be a blue turquoise. Click To Tweet Turquoise stones, crossed with brown and black veins, as well as turquoise in a yellow-green color have a lower gem quality, and therefore are sold cheaper than natural sky-blue option.
Made in different ways imitation of this stone order 80% of the current turquoise market. Turquoise stone is often being counterfeited in plastic – the cheapest non-porous imitation, which melts upon the heating and smells bad. Widespread counterfeiting, manufactured by surface staining with a special ceramic, porcelain or bones. Such forgeries can be recognized by splitting the stone and making sure that the false “turquoise” is white inside.
Here is a beauty in the details. I wish you to find your perfect turquoise stone and not to fall for a fake!