Guide to gemstones – some myths and legends – Turquoise.
Gemstones have played various roles in the myths and legends of human cultures throughout history.
Some tell a story or are believed to have special powers, but all of them share a common beauty.
Each gemstone is unique with a special colour, birthplace and story.
Gemstones come in every colour of the rainbow and are gathered from all corners of the world.
With each coloured gemstone possessing a unique creation of beautiful colour.
Some gemstones have been treasure since before history began and others were discovered only recently.
At the beginning of each month comes a new stone, some months have two gemstones and lucky me, December as three!!!!!!!!
Some stones I will post about aren’t associated with any month, but that doesn’t make them any less fascinating or stunning
As you will see as we progress through the year.
Turquoise is among the oldest known gemstones and its popularity has spanned the globe for centuries.
It has graced the necks of the Egyptian Pharaohs and adorned the ceremonial dress of early Native Americans.
This beautiful robin’s egg blue gemstone has been attributed with healing powers, promoting the wearer’s status and wealth, protecting from evil, and bringing good luck.
Turquoise is an opaque light to dark or blue green gem with it’s finest colour being an intense blue.
Turquoise may contain narrow veins of other materials either isolated or as a network. These are usually black, brown or yellowish-brown in colour. Known as the matrix, these veins of colour are sometimes in the form of an intricate pattern called a spider web.
Tanzanite is a one-of-a-kind gemstone unlike any other and can only be found in one place on earth, the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro.
This gem possesses an exotic velvety blue with a rich overtone of purple, a colour unlike any other. Tanzanite can also count itself as 1,000 times rarer than a diamond https://applerosebusinessservices.co.uk/gemology/gemstones-rarer-than-a-diamond/
One of the most popular blue gemstones, it is getting harder to come by with mining depths reaching alarming levels in Tanzanite One so much so that the Tanzanian government decided to take action in September 2017… https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tanzania-mining-wall-idUSKCN1BV1YF
Tanzanite comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and a striking array of blue tones.
Rarely pure blue tanzanite almost always displays it’s signature overtones of purple.
In smaller sizes Tanzanite usually contains lighter tones and the lavender colour is more common.
While in larger sizes Tanzanite typically displays a deeper richer and beautiful blue.
Most people think of a bright sky blue when they hear the word Zircon, or heavens forbid they think of the manmade Cubic Zirconia, the two are not related in any shape or form and should never be confused with one another.
Zircon is also available in beautiful earth tones of green, dark red, yellow, brown and orange.
Today, the most popular and sought after are the vivid blue and bright Caribbean sea colours.
In the Middle Ages, Zircon was said to aid the resting, bring prosperity and promote honour and wisdom in its owner.
The spectrum of beautiful colours and its rarity are why it is becoming more popular today.
Some gem collectors seek out Zircon from different locations capturing gems in every colour of the rainbow – colourless, green, blue, yellow, brown, orange, dark red and all the colours in between.
So, there you have it our journey through a year of gemstones is now at an end.
I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have, if you have please comment below.
I will see you next year, who knows where our journey will take us this time.
A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year.
All the best for 2020