Vibrant blue hues, with intricate veins of brown and black, also known as its matrix, turquoise has become so significant that we use it today as an every-day colour name. Famed for their unique colours and marking, this gemstone has captivated many for thousands of years. Let's explore the history of Turquoise and how this gemstone became to one of the most popular semi-precious gemstones.
The history of turquoise gemstones
Turquoise really held a particular importance in ancient civilizations. Once treasured and adored by Cleopatra, this vibrant semi-precious gemstone was used in everything from beaded jewellery pieces to pigment for paint and make-up. Many people throughout ancient Egypt also believed this gemstone would bring them good luck. It was this belief that led many ancient Egyptians to wear talismans intricately crafted with this magical gemstone. Elaborate turquoise jewellery pieces have even been found in the tombs of Pharos!
The name 'Turquoise' is thought to derive from the Levantine traders that transported the stones from the eastern mediterranean to western Europe, labelled at the time as 'Turks'. It's popularity extends back millenia, from ancient civilisations to modern day applications; for example as accents of colour to decorate landmarks such the breath-taking Taj Mahal in India.
Antique Turquoise Rings
Antique jewellery pieces that feature this bright gemstone would make an extra special gift - especially for someone who loves colourful jewellery that carries a rich history. Turquoise is also the birthstone of December so rings including turquoise will be perfect for a Capricorn or Sagittarius person. At the Antique Ring Boutique we have a stunning selection of turquoise antique rings dating from the early 18th to mid-20th-century.