We take a look into the history and myths behind turquoise meaning; one of the first gemstones to be mined. Shop all turquoise jewellery.
What is turquoise?
It may not be as sparkly as other gemstones, but turquoise is a beautiful semi-precious stone with an opaque greenish-blue hue. It is a very popular gemstone, and is often paired with silver in jewellery.
As one of the first gemstones ever to be mined, turquoise has been highly prized throughout history for its intense unique colour. However in recent times the stone has been devalued like many other opaque stones, due to the rise in treatments and imitations. The colour of the turquoise gemstone can range from sky blue to green, and is dependent on the level of copper and iron present. Turquoise deposits can be found in Iran (which has been an important course for over 2,000 years), Tibet, USA, Africa and Australia.
The turquoise gemstone has had a long history all over the world, with beads dating back to around 5000BC and records showing it has been mined for over 3000 years. Because of this deep-rooted history, cultures all over the world have developed various beliefs and views on turquoise meaning, and we explore a few of them.
For centuries, there has been a range of myths and opinions of what the true turquoise meaning is and what it can bring to the wearer.
Thought to have been introduced to Europe from Persia, turquoise is the national gemstone of Persia with a meaning of good luck, especially if the new moon was reflected on a piece of the stone. As one of the oldest gems, turquoise has been used throughout history; from being inlaid into Tutankhamun’s iconic burial mask to being extensively used to decorate objects, mosques and other important buildings in Persia.
As the talisman of kings, warriors and shamans throughout history, turquoise meaning has long been associated with protection. Thought to provide strength and peace, some believed it would warn the wearer of danger or illness by changing colour; not completely unlikely as turquoise can change colour when worn close to the skin. It is thought to grow pale when its owner is sick or sad, completely lose colour when the person dies, and then slowly recover its colour when transferred to a new owner.
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Turquoise is a symbol of friendship and is thought to bring peace to the home.
Turquoise is the one of the official birth stones for the month of December.
Records show that Native Americans have worked with turquoise in the south-western states since 1000AD.