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December's Birthstone is Turquoise

Turquoise, December's birthstone, is an opaque mineral usually found in a range of calming blues and greens, anywhere from powder and sky blue to blue green to a combination of yellow and green. Turquoise has a long history spanning thousands of years.

Ancient Egyptians were familiar with turquoise since at least the First Dynasty, or about 5,000 years ago. The gem was mined in a part of the Sinai Peninsula known as “Country of Turquoise.” Many royal items were inlaid with turquoise, including the burial mask for one of the most famous Pharaohs of all time: King Tutankhamun.

Turquoise was also treasured in Persia (now Iran) more than 2,000 years ago. The stone was used to decorate the domes of Iranian palaces because the uplifting sky blue of the gem made the palaces to appear as self-contained heavens on earth.

Today, while Iran still remains an important source for turquoise, the Southwest of the United States has also become a large producer, in states such as Arizona and Nevada. While turquoise is no longer used for palaces or burial masks, this stone makes for turquoise jewelry which is both striking and understated, such as turquoise rings and turquoise pendants. Stop into our store to look through our turquoise collection and see why this amazing gem has attracted people for thousands of years.

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