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Turquoise Jewelry

The Turquoise is an ancient sky blue color stone. Turquoise jewelry is one of the most popular and trendy jewelry in the fashion world. In ancient Persia, the sky blue turquoise jewelry was worn as protection against death. Turquoise was unknown to the western world until the crusades. Turquoise originates from the word “Turkish”. In modern gemstone therapy, turquoise jewelry is recommended for those suffering from depression. The sky blue color is said to have a cheering effect on the patients. The most well known turquoise deposits are found in USA, Mexico, Israel, Iran, Afghanistan and China. The best turquoises come from Iran.

Turquoise jewelry is generally made with silver . Turquoise is not faceted. It is cut into cabochons, beads or other shapes. Turquoise is soft and therefore needs to be treated. Turquoise stones are treated with wax to make them hard. Turquoise jewelry need to be protected from heat and bright lights. Turquoise jewelry should be periodically cleaned using a soft cloth. Turquoise jewelry is the perfect accessory for any outfit. Since turquoise is set in silver it can be worn with traditional as well as western wear.

The Incas and the Aztecs considered turquoise jewelry to be sacred. No medicine man was complete without turquoise jewelry. Native Americans believed that turquoise jewelry had the power to heal diseases and keep the mind sharp. Turquoise jewelry was used by the Southwest American tribes as currency. Proper care should be taken of Turquoise Jewelry .

It should be taken off while doing manual work since it is soft and may easily be scratched. Turquoise jewelry should be also removed before swimming or washing hands as chlorine or soap can damage the stone or dislodge it.

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