Turquoise Birthstone

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Turquoise as a Birthstone

A Brief History of the Birthstone

The birthstone tradition is a reflection of our human tendency to assign special healing or protective powers to gems. This tradition has been traced back to the book of Exodus, which describes the High Priest's breastplate as having twelve gemstones, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel.  Over time, specific  stones of a common color became associated with one of the twelve signs of the zodiac.  This shift in reference is what put the "birth" into "birthstone."  From there, is was a small step to associate particular gems with each of the twelve months of the modern calendar.

Traditional Birthstones of December

Turquoise is listed on the traditional birthstone list for the month of December, along with Zircon and Lapis Lazuli. This listing dates back to the 15th century.

Modern Birthstones of December

Turquoise is one of the three modern birthstones for the month of December.  The other two birthstones for December are blue topaz and tanzanite.  Says who?  The American National Association of Jewelers established the "official" birthstone list in 1912, adding tanzanite to December's list in 2002. Why the delay?  Tanzanite was only recently discovered, having first been identified in Tanzania, Africa in 1967.

Turquoise and Sagittarians

A different list of birthstones exists for the various astrological signs.  Turquoise is one of four accepted birthstones for Sagittarius (November 22 through December 21).  The other three accepted star stones for Sagittarians are sapphires, amethyst and topaz.


Credits

Photo of the beautiful turquoise birthstone ring above is courtesy of Antique Reflections.


 


 

TURQUOISE BASICS

Origins of  "Turquoise"
Gemstone Properties

How Turquoise Forms
Color Range
Turquoise Matrix
Natural Turquoise
Treated Turquoise
Turquoise Birthstone

WHERE TURQUOISE
IS FOUND

Australia
China
Egypt
Iran
Mexico
United States
Other Locations

VARIATIONS

Eilat Stone
Faustite Turquoise
White Buffalo Turquoise

FORMS

Beads
Cabochons
Chips and Nuggets

IMITATIONS

African Turquoise

Block Turquoise

Faience Ceramic
Howlite Turquoise

Natural Imposters

Polymer Clay
Utah Turquoise
Vienna Turquoise

TURQUOISE
JEWELRY CARE

Care, Cleaning and Storage

 


Mosaics
Sculptures
Functional Art
 


Books About Turquoise

 

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