Turquoise Gemstone Information
Our turquoise engagement rings are one of the most popular rings we offer. The beautiful blue color of this stone is striking in any setting, but next to a diamond, a delightfully uncommon combination of gems, it looks even more alluring. We offer turquoise engagement rings in a number of unique styles, whether you prefer the turquoise to be an accent stone, or front and center.
Turquoise is a well-known stone that has been utilized for over 7,000 years, making it one of the longest-used stones. The word “turquoise” means “Turkish stone,” since Venetian merchants usually bought it from Turkish bazaars after it had been mined from Central Asia. One thousand years ago, Native Americans began mining Turquoise from the Southwestern United States.
The beauty of Turquoise is in its versatility. Its color ranges from pale blue to dark green, and every shade in between. Turquoise found in mines laden with copper emerges a blue color, while iron produces a green hue. Some Turquoise, such as Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, is completely uniform and provides a sleek elegant look. Other varieties possess dark spots or a complex matrix which adds alluring character to the turquoise engagement ring. Though it looks good on just about everyone, turquoise has been revered for ages for its metaphysical properties.
The Navajo Indians historically conjured rain by praying to the Rain God while throwing a piece of turquoise into a river. The Apaches thought that securing turquoise onto weapons would increase their accuracy, while in Asia, horse trappings were decorated because Turquoise was believed to keep riders from falling off their horses. Hindus and Persians thought that seeing turquoise and a new moon at the same time would result in good luck.
Turquoise is called the “Stone of Truth” because it is believed to enhance the wearer’s ability to communicate. Turquoise is thought to empower the shy to share information and experiences with others, and help people realize the importance of contributing to the collective knowledge of humanity. Turquoise is also used to evoke an overall sense of well-being, and to revitalize depleted spirits. Compassion and forgiveness are also thought to be enhanced by Turquoise, helping one to not only accept others, but the parts of themselves deemed inadequate. Physically, Turquoise is used by some to oxygenate the blood.
Metaphysical Properties of Turquoise
- "Stone of Truth" – enhances ability and willingness to communicate
- Enhances sense of well-being
- Revitalizes depleted spirits
- Promotes ability for compassion and forgiveness – for self and others
- Oxygenates blood