Turquoise is an open book. A living truth. She’s a sage learner who traversed through thousands of lives, living and dwelling in each of their truths. She makes words her home and revels in wisdom learned and shared.
Turquoise is the kind of opaque stone brightening up the room — all without a flicker of sun. She’s like that piece of sky lifting your mood and protecting you from the darkness. You don’t look for glitters and refractions, but for determined curiosity. She is, after all, a stone marrying water with heat, without ever reaching the boiling point.
Resembling a pool of cool water in a vast, arid desert, her existence was a marriage of coincidence and chance.
Fresh groundwater seeping underneath desert plaines, carrying with it an amalgam of metallic juices, traversing and transforming plain copper into a stunning blue miracle stone. With all of its soothing energy, turquoise buoys you with its power to heal sore hearts, burnouts and the pain of suffering from the lies we tell ourselves.
This blue-green mineral easily stands out from the rest of gemstones. The Aztecs made a mask out of hundreds of turquoise speckles to represent their god of Fire, while in Egypt, King Tut’s death mask was adorned with turquoise ornaments.
Birthstone for: December
Turquoise zodiac sign: Sagittarius (23 November - 21 December)
The fourth chakra - the Heart or Anahata chakra. Use it to get unstuck from irrational worries and anxieties or to bring radical (but positive) ideas earthside.
The fifth chakra - the Throat or the Visuddha chakra. Located in the throat area, to release the heat off of difficult conversations. This chakra helps you to have mature, honest conversations, channel creative freedom, and listen to your inner intuition.
How turquoise fits into your life:
Your partner of 11 years, or your partner of 5 years | The President of your Dolly Parton fan club | Your local sensei | December babies who listen to The Decemberists.
Turquoise can be found at higher elevations (think Himalayas), in the Sub-Mediterranean deserts or America’s rocky mountains. A popular ornament among ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Native Americans, these days it’s mined in Iran, Mexico, Turkey, and the USA.
Our turquoise is ethically sourced from:Egypt, USA.
Tough Love level: 5-6 Mohs scale of hardness
Turquoise is famous as a daily wear kind of stone, especially among those who believe in its spiritual power. But with its lower standing on the Mohs scale of hardness, it’s safer to wear turquoise only on special occasions.
Nowadays, additional treatments have increased its durability, but even then you’ll still need to avoid hot water and household chemicals when wearing turquoise. If you want to wear turquoise every day, choose our rough turquoise with its natural raw edges.
Turquoise is often assessed by its webbing patterns and textures, which is the dark brown to black matrix around the blue areas. It’s easy to think the more even-colored turquoise has higher value. Yet collectors and designers seek out turquoise’s intricate webbing patterns.
The origin of turquoise can be identified by the patterns on each stone, which is why turquoise names are often directly linked to the name of the mining location.
Mined in Nevada, USA, this is the greener variety of turquoise. This stone gives off a 16th century’s painting vibe with its splash of blue-green color on a rustic background.
The by-product of a copper mine in Burro Mountains, New Mexico, USA this turquoise is similar to the royston turquoise. Tyrone has a radiant copper glow, adding to its antique look. Tyrone turquoise comes in a range of blue to green colors.
New Lander Turquoise
Mined in Nevada, USA, the new lander turquoise has a more even webbing patterns and matrix. This variety is highly prized for its golden to brown matrix and occasionally found exhibiting orange to yellow hue.
Cripple Creek Turquoise
Mined in Colorado, USA. It’s considered one of the highest grades of turquoise due to its intricate webbing textures. It’s not a solid blue color, nor does it have a patchy webbing. It's very lightly textured and its matrix often shows a golden luster.
This turquoise is the princess of all turquoise. Polished to its shiniest luster, sleeping beauty turquoise has an even bright blue color and is nearly clear of the dark spider webbing. Sleeping beauty turquoise is mined in Arizona, USA.
Comes from the Himalayan mountains. Considered a sacred stone, almost every Tibetan has worn this at some point in their life. Tibetan turquoise has a distinct green glow, and is now a rarity.
Synonymous with the historical robin’s-egg turquoise which was famously traded in the Silk Road. Mined in Iran and the subsequent Arabian peninsula, it’s believed that the mining sites are 7,000 years old, and still going strong.
Imagine all the turquoise dotting ancient masks and castles - it’s likely they were mined from this area. Persian turquoise tends to have a small amount of copper and thus it’s most sought after for its opaque blue-sky color.