Thanks for tuning into the latest installment of Gem Junkies.
Thanks to popular demand we covered a very special gemstone this week- and a new one for Brecken’s shopping list!
Turquoise has a long and exotic history spanning world-wide. Different cultures and societies discovered and utilized this treasure for different purposes- creating some insane stories and lore to go along with it, too.
The Aztecs would use them as entire face masks to represent the Gods they worshiped.
Photo courtesy of http://www.mexicanamber.org.uk/turquoise.php
In ancient China, you wouldn’t want to go anywhere without your Turquoise crown (own stone for the less royal) since Turquoise was believed to counteract evil forces and make the wearer brave and invulnerable.
Photo courtesy of https://djcadchina.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/jewellery-and-traditional-beliefs/
A gift to Napolean’ second wife, Empress Marie-Louise and became known as ” Empress Marie-Louise’s Diadem” a diadem being a structure that encircles the head, usually three quarters of the way around with an opening in the back.
Photo courtesy of https://4cs.gia.edu/en-us/blog/famous-birthstone-decembers-turquoise-empress-marie-louise-diadem/
Turquoise from the Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona- known for the Robin’s Egg blue color.
Photo Courtesy of https://www.durangosilver.com/sleeping-beauty-turquoise.html
A variety of Turquoise with the webbing (and without) and in Jonathan’s favorite Avocado color!
Photo courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._state_minerals,_rocks,_stones_and_gemstones
Some Parle turquoise designs in the making. We have been re-inspired to add this vibrant blue beauty to the mix, and with our fav Opal!!
You can find out more about Turquoise by going to https://www.parlegems.com/lore.php?color-gemstone=Turquoise
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