Turquoise is a stone that continues to find its way to the height of fashion. In ancient times it was considered a holy stone: worn as a talisman, and for protection. It decorated royalty, and was commonly used in grave furnishings. The Aztecs used it to decorate ceremonial masks, and the Native American Indians, believing the blue gemstone cosmically connects the sky and sea, still produce a steady quantity of turquoise and silver jewelry today.
Turquoise is a copper aluminum phosphate, and is found in the largest quantities in Mexico, Israel, the USA, China, Iran and Afghanistan. Distinguished by it’s heavenly blue hues (created by copper) and brown or black veins, each sample of turquoise is unique, making it a splendid choice for creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry.
Jewel of Havana carries a full line of hand-crafted turquoise jewelry, including turquoise earrings, turquoise layering necklaces, and the very popular turquoise wrap rings in fine silver.
In many ancient cultures, turquoise was considered a symbol of wealth, and if it’s given by a loving friend, it is said to bring good fortune to the wearer. It is the birthstone for the month of December and the Anniversary Gemstone for the 11th year of marriage but the beauty and uniqueness of turquoise is enough to warrant a piece -- or a few -- in anyone’s collection.
Turquoise is relatively soft, and should be protected from cosmetics, harsh light, and heat. It should be cleaned regularly with a soft cloth. The distinctive mottling in each turquoise stone ensures that any piece of turquoise jewelry will have a character all its own. You can no doubt find one that harmonizes with your own individuality.
Ana Maria Andricain
Ana is a metal clay certified artist creating handcrafted nature inspired artisan jewelry from her Baton Rouge studio. If you love natural gemstones and metal, welcome home!