The color nuances of the turquoise resemble a tropical sea of color: sky blue clouds fall into turquoise blue sea, which reaches in its depths to apple green. The positive influence of the Turquoise color was the reason for the company Pantone Inc. in Carlstadt, USA to appoint the color Pantone 15-5519 Turquoise to the hue of the year 2010. Its color is accentuated by the turquoise in the blue tones by copper, and by the green tones by iron. Turquoise are rarely of a pure, blue-green color. They are much more frequently interspersed with small spots or spiderweb-like veins in brown, gray or black color, the so-called matrix (fine grains). Often only pure turquoise is worked into jewelery, although the fine grains give the stone a fascinating life.
The most desirable color of a turquoise is a deep sky blue. The intensity of the color underlines the value of the stone. The greener, brighter or speckled turquoise is, the lower its value. In East Asian countries a green color is nevertheless favored. Nowadays the most popular stones come from Northern Iran - Iran has been the main mining and trading area for centuries.
Turquoise is one of the oldest gemstones in the world and has fascinated many peoples since ancient times with its refreshing pastel shades. Rulers of ancient Egypt, the Aztecs, the Persians, and the Mesopotamians, nobles and Indus, adorned themselves with their beauty. In ancient Egypt, turquoise was a "stone of wisdom"; in the case of Indian tribes the stone was revered as a "stone of water and heaven". In many cultures the turquoise was used as a protective and healing stone, for the expulsion of evil spirits and as a grave. As a lucky charm the turquoise is the most popular amulettstein. In Victorian verses it is described as follows:
"If the child arrives at the Christmas season, when it is already snowing fast, bring him quickly the Turks, if all his actions should be successful."
The blue-green mineral fits very well with the red coral and sparkling faceted gemstones. The turquoise is irresistible on the slightly tanned skin of the wearer. A fresh aura of holiday, summer and wellbeing shines - the turquoise spills good humor and elegance.
Mohs hardness: 5-6
Color: sky blue, blue green, apple green
Supported countries: Iran, Afghanistan, Argentine, Australia, Brazil, China, Israel, Mexico, Tanzania, USA