Through ancient times and history, turquoise as a gemstone has been dubbed as a holy stone for years which is inherent to its beauty. As a holy stone, turquoise is believed to bring good fortune and can give protection to the owner.
As early as 6000 years ago, turquoise has been in literary references found in archeological sites. To be more specific, this is the time of the second rule of Egypt’s first dynasty or roughly 5500 before the Christian period. Great thinkers like Aristotle, Pliny and Marco Polo often made mention of turquoise and its beauty in their literary works.
Native Americans were also known to have used turquoise for protection purposes and in healing eye problems, headaches, insect bites, fever, stomach aches, etc. for over 1000 years now. Turquoise has expanded its charm and usage since it can be found in jewelry, art, religion, trade and even in high-profile agreements.
Aside from the distinct turquoise mined in the southwest portion of America, it has been noted to ease nervousness and stress as well as help in solving problems. Moreover, it can promote friendship. People who were witnesses to such phenomena relate this to the physical properties of the stone. As such, turquoise was worn by some members of the society due to its protective qualities. The same protective qualities date back in ancient Persian kingdom. The stone was worn to protect them from unnatural death.
To the enterprising companies in the jewelry business, they usually combine this with sterling silver to boost the natural color of turquoise beauty which is blue-green. The effect when used with sterling silver far exceeds the brilliance it attains if combined with gold. Other jewelers use coral, onyx or amethyst in combination with turquoise to create beads that highlight turquoise beauty.
Turquoise is found in many parts of the globe like Iran, Egypt, Turkey, United States, China and a lot more. The main resource comes from Iran while China remains as the minority source. In China, the stone is treated with wax to allow the paraffin to penetrate and stabilize the color. However, the effect is unnatural since only the surface is affected. Extensive processing is needed in order to set the turquoise as jewelry since the stone is porous and chalky. If proper treatment is not made, the color changes when exposed to light and chemical reaction caused by dust, skin acidity and cosmetics will follow.
The normal process involves heating the stone and treating it with resin. This is to fill the minuscule gaps and help the stone from chipping. Also, the said process will prevent the color from changing when combined with other oils. This is then polished and cut to be used in any form of jewelry.
Turquoise is also being imitated by very enterprising businesses. They create their own turquoise by using dyes and resin. These two ingredients are combined and placed in blocks comparable to the size of a loaf of bread. To the skillful eye, the imitation will not pass the exquisite quality inherent in every turquoise beauty.
Turquoise has a beauty of its own. Its true value is determined by its rich color and hardness. Time and again, it always finds itself a niche in every fashion. Owning one will surely be a possession of a lifetime that may even bring good fortune or protection as believed in ancient times.