December – Turquoise
Summer is here… and it is certainly warm here in Cairns. The beginning of Summer means it is December in Australia, and of course the last of the birthstones for the year. December’s birthstone is Turquoise, a stone or gem that has been used and revered from early Egyptian royalty. In fact Turquoise was studded throughout the mask of Tutankhamen, in the event of his death. “The word Turquoise, which dates to the 16th century, is derived from an old french word for ‘Turkish’, because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey” – Wikipedia
Turquoise is a beautiful blue gem with veins of brown or blotches of black, but I think this adds to the elder gem. Turquoise can also be green in colour, but blue is the more prized, and in my opinion the most grand.
Of course as well as being a beautiful stone both in natural state and refined, Turquoise can also offer some great benefits for those who wear it. Turquoise is thought to be quite beneficial in many areas of the body, including problems with the eyes, ears and throat and problems such as headaches, and arthritis. Turquoise has also been thought to aid in calming the mind and help those who need empowering to be strong within themselves.
Priceless gems has many beautiful pieces of jewellery featuring Turquoise, of which some are already on display in the rings and bracelets tabs of this site. We also have many more pieces available, including earrings and pendants, and would love to help you find a perfect Turquoise gift for your loved one. Please contact us now through the ‘Contact Us’ tab above.