Turquoise is a stone known and appreciated since 3000 a. C. The ancient Egyptians, Persians, and pre-Columbian Native Americans used to make jewelry, mosaics and carved it into different shapes. The stone was unknown in Europe until the 14th century when it was introduced by Turkish merchants. It is believed that the name of the stone is derived from the French word turc, which means Turkish in English. This led to the idea that the stone itself was undermined by the Turks in their country of origin. This is not correct. The Turks were the merchants who deal only with the stone.
The rich deposits of turquoise mined in ancient times in Persia (now Iran), and some of the highest quality turquoise is still extracted at present. The stone is also found in northern Africa, Australia, Siberia, and western South America.
The Sacred Stone
Turquoise has been a sacred stone for many cultures. The Aztecs combined with gold ceremonial objects. Some cultures believed that if a rider wearing the stone that would protect them from falling. This stone is credited with bringing happiness and protection against accidents of all kinds, and many other attributes. The stone also is believed to be one of the stones that make up the breastplate worn by Aaron in the book of Exodus in the Bible. This breastplate had twelve precious stones in it, each engraved with the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Some scholars believe that turquoise was one of these stones.
The sanctity of Native American turquoise dates back to ancient times. It was carved in the form of birds and animals. Some tribes put these items carved tombs to help protect the dead and bring good spirits. The shaman used turquoise for healing. Warriors stone attached to the ends of their bows, as it was intended to ensure accurate shots arrow.
Although robin egg blue color is the most known and most highly valued by the stone, which can be sky blue shades of blue-green to gray-green. It is not always a solid color and can have shades of color in the individual stones. Some stones have other material veins running through them.
A high-quality turquoise can be expensive, but there are many gemstones at a reasonable price at Nava Gemstones. Although this stone has been used and appreciated by royalty and the rich over time, it has also been available and appreciated by people in common circumstances. It is still the same today—a stone for those who appreciate their beauty and their ability to pay. In fact, Stone Town.