Turquoise Charms and Jewelry

The blue/green turquoise stone has had a special spiritual symbolism since the mineral was first used by humans as a gemstone of beauty as well as to bring good luck. Known use of the turquoise stone goes back to the ancient Egyptians and beyond, and it has also been a favorite in Native American cultures in the Western Hemisphere, including the Mayan, Incan, and Aztec civilizations.

Turquoise JewelryTurquoise receives its unique blue color from the presence of copper ore; while. Those stones with a greenish color indicate the presence of iron ore. Ancient Egyptians discovered the stone while mining copper, and a version of turquoise, known as Eilat Stone, is still mined in ancient Egyptian copper mines in the Sinai and the Arava desert region in Israel. Because of its unique color and "bands" of different colored lines, the turquoise stone is often said to be a mineral that "connects" people" who wear it by friendship and love. The stone is also said to bring good fortune to those who wear it, with an old folk saying noting that: "they who hold the turquoise dear, will find the money near".

One of the main sources for this stone is Iran, and ancient Persian royal families prized it as a spiritual symbol and often buried their dead with jewelry made from this stone. The same was also true for Aztec and other Native American cultures.

Turquoise stones were also prized in early Tibetan cultures, and even today, the stone is often used there as money. The Tibetans consider it to be emblematically of luck an good fortune, as well as having spiritual significance.

Turquoise is softer than other gemstones, and care must be made not to break or scratch it. Its beauty can be enhanced by rubbing wax on it. Charms, bracelets and other items made from turquoise can be found in jewelry and other stores selling charms and similar items. It is a favorite birthstone for the month of December.