The Beauty Of Turquoise
Turquoise has been used in jewelry making for centuries and is included in some of the most beautiful jewelry pieces today.
Turquoise is mined in China, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, and Persia. In North America, it is found in Arizona and New Mexico. The stone can be rather porous and chalky and is usually treated before it is suitable for use in jewelry.
You can buy all different kinds of jewelry today, but you need to be careful about what you are buying. The purest and best turquoise is quite expensive, but you can buy cheaper versions that are reconstituted from turquoise “dust” and mixed with resin and dyed. Another turquoise substitute is howlite, which is white in color but with similar veining to natural turquoise this stone is often dyed to look like turquoise and can be used in jewelry designs.
Of all the turquoise stones, the turquoise from the Sleeping Beauty mine is perhaps the most beautiful. The turquoise has a a vivid sky blue color with no matrix to speak of. Named for the mine it comes from, these beads and stones are well sought after for jewelry making and a favorite of the Zuni Pueblo silver makers who incorporate it into their traditional inlay jewelry.
White Buffalo Turquoise is mined from the Dry Creek Mine in Nevada and is a beautiful stone used in jewelry. Highly prized as the White Buffalo vein has only been found in one spot and once it’s gone there may never be new stones in this coloration again. The stones are a light turquoise with white colorations and dark veins. Not to be confused with howlite, White buffalo turquoise is not solid white in color.
Persian turquoise has been used in jewelry since ancient times and there are many mines in Iran that produce this beautiful stone. This turquoise can have a wide variety of color from sky blue to pale green. Ancient Persian carvings using turquoise have been found and it is evident that ancient jewelry was made with stones from these mines.
Handmade Turquoise Rings
Wearing handmade turquoise rings can have many benefits above the adornment they provide. Sure, they’re pretty to look at but turquoise has many healing properties that the wearer may benefit from. So when you pamper yourself or buy a ring for a loved one, you are not only buying a fancy bauble, you are also buying healing relief and enhanced spirituality.
Known for it’s uses in Native American and Persian jewelry and carvings, turquoise has been used since about 200 BC.
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The color varies from sky blue to greenish blue and there are dark veins running through. Most modern turquoise rings consists of pieces that have been stabilized for long lasting wear.
Turquoise is one of the most powerful healing stones and can help many areas of the body. It is reputed to help those who are nervous speakers and to aid in expressing oneself. It is used as to remove toxins and is thought to help asthma and infections. In general turquoise is used by new age healers to treat and strengthen the respiratory, digestive and skeletal systems.
Turquoise rings may be able to help improve your mental state too. The stone is said to encourage a calm mood and enhance creativity. It is reputed to improve wisdom and can work to make you more sensitive to that around you and to what others are feeling. Turquoise encourages a positive attitude and can help one “find oneself” and add to your overall happiness. It can work wonders for friendships as well as it is reputed to enhance the connection between people and strengthen the bonds of friendship.
Turquoise rings are typically handmade in a sterling setting and can also include any number of gemstones. The most prised rings are those made by Native Americans and especially those rings made in the early part of the 20th century. To care for your jewelry, always be careful to avoid scratching the stones. Avoid contact with high heat and chemicals – even perfumes, makeup, hair sprays and cleaners. Do not use commercial cleaners for your gemstone jewelry, but clean with a soft cloth.
Wearing turquoise earrings can have many benefits in addition to framing your face with lovely jewelry.
Sure, they’re pretty to look at but turquoise has many healing properties that may be beneficial to those who wear it. So when you pamper yourself or buy earrings for a loved one, you are not only buying a great piece of jewelry, you also may be helping them heal and broaden their spirituality.
Turquoise has long been known for it’s uses in Native American and Persian jewelry and carvings and has been used since about 200 BC. There are many color variations – from light sky blue to greenish blue with dark veins running throughout. Most modern turquoise earrings consists of pieces that have been stabilized for long lasting wear.
Turquoise is considered to be a powerful healing stone that can help many areas of the body. It is said to make speaking easier and is reputed to help those who have trouble speaking in public as well as aiding in expressing oneself. As a healing stone, it can be used to remove toxins from the body such as poison, pollution, toxins from smoking etc… It is also thought to help asthma and infections. In general turquoise is used by new age healers to treat and strengthen the respiratory, digestive and skeletal systems.
Turquoise earrings may be able to help improve your mental state too. Turquoise is said to calm your mood and enhance creativity. It is reputed to heighten your empathy and improve wisdom and honesty. The stone encourages a positive attitude and can help one realize their own inner self and add to your overall happiness. It is also a great stone to enhance and improve friendships as it is reputed to have the ability to enhance the connection between people and strengthen the bonds of friendship.
Turquoise earrings are typically handmade in a sterling setting and can also include any number of gemstones. The most prized pieces of jewelry are those made by Native Americans and especially those rings made in the early part of the 20th century. To care for your jewelry, always be careful to avoid scratching the stones. Avoid contact with high heat and chemicals – even perfumes, makeup, hair sprays and cleaners. Do not use commercial cleaners for your gemstone jewelry, but clean with a soft cloth.
Zuni Turquoise Jewelry
Zuni turquoise jewelry is well known for it’s petit point appearance. Having inhabited the New Mexico / Arizona area since the beginning of time, the Zuni are known around the world for their beautiful jewelry, carvings and pottery. Zuni jewelry is very popular today and antique and vintage pieces are highly collectible.
Traditional Zuni turquoise jewelry is identified by it’s painstaking construction. Typically, it is made up of tiny stones each hand set into it’s own bezel and combined together in sterling wilver to make a design that resembles a fine needlepoint. This style is called petit point and quite valuable due to the time and skilled craftsmanship required to make it.
Zuni turquoise comes from the sleeping beauty mine which is known for it’s beautiful sky blue stones. The stones are set in sterling silver and can be just silver and turquoise or can combine coral, jet and mother of pearl. Typical petit point designs use mainly turquoise and usually feature long thin stones in an elongated oval shape each in it’s own bezel setting placed side by side.
Another popular Zuni turquoise jewelry making style is called inlay. This is like a mosaic, where they use slivers of turquoise, coral, onyx and mother of pearl and lay them next to each other to create a design. Sometimes the stones are butted up against each other and other times there is a thin layer of silver between each stone.
Collecting Zuni turquoise jewelry can be a fun and rewarding hobby. Buy only the highest quality pieces that you can afford, but most of all buy pieces that you like and want to wear. You can narrow your collection to 1 style of jewelry or try to collect as many different examples as you can. You can limit yourself to vintage jewelry only, new jewelry only or a combination of the two!
Is Chinese Turquoise Better For Jewelry?
Chinese turquoise isn’t really any different than turquoise from any other part of the world and it all looks great in jewelry! As far as value goes it is valued the same so you should be unconcerned about where the turquoise in your jewelry comes from but always be looking to buy the best quality stone as well as one that catches your eye and that you will be happy wearing.
Since many US mines are running towards depleted, Chinese turquoise is imported into the US for use in jewelry. Without it there wouldn’t be enough turquoise to go around! It comes in a variety of colors from green to blue with different spider webbing. It can be used in any type of jewelry but is typically combine with sterling to form rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Check out our turquoise jewelry page to see some of the unique and beautiful combinations our recommended merchant has for making jewelry with turquoise and combining it with other stones.
Worried about the quality or getting taken with a fake? First off, most turquoise that is used for jewelry is treated in some way and Chinese turquoise is no exception. Raw turquoise is very chalky and can break up easily so it needs to be stabilized so that it will last. There’s many treatments but most include using an epoxy or resin to stabilize the stone – the best application of this is to use a clear resin so the natural color of the stone is still visible.
Other treatments do add color to a stone whose color is not up to par, but of course you would want a natural colored stone and not a dyed one. Be aware also, that some manufacturers dye other stones such as howlite and try to sell them as turquoise. If you spend some time looking at turquoise that you know is the real thing, you will be able to spot a fake a mile away.
To care for Chinese turquoise always handle it carefully and make sure it doesn’t get scratched by other jewels in your jewelry box. Take care to insure that no chemicals get on it such as sprays from perfumes and hair spray. Never use chemical cleaners on turquoise, clean it with a soft cloth and warm water. Make sure you dry your jewelry thouroughly if you wet it for cleaning, failure to do so may result in water getting in the cracks and eventually ruining the piece!
How To Clean Old Chinese Turquoise
The steps used in learning how to clean old chinese turquoise are the same for any turquoise stone.
Turquoise is one of the oldest stones used in ancient Egypt and even by Cleopatra. It is a protective stone worn and was carried by many a traveler in ancient times.
Whether the turquoise be Chinese turquoise or mined from any other mine around the world, this stone can be rather soft and care must be taken in the cleaning of the gem.
Sometimes turquoise is treated to stabilize it before it is included in a piece of jewelry. This involves injecting it with an epoxy that will make the stone be a bit harder and less prone to fractures. In fact, most turquoise is stabilized but the same care should be taken in cleaning.
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Old turquoise, can develop quite a patina over time as the contact with body oils and chemicals used in perfumes and other toiletries can change the color. Some find this patina to be quite desirable and would not want to clean it off at all. Old chinese turquoise can be shades of blue or green and range from light to dark. Most modern chinese turquoise included in jewelry is stabilized with a paraffin wax.
Wondering how to clean old Chinese turquoise? You should be very careful with the soft and porous stone. The best way to clean it is with warm soapy water. If your chinese turquoise is mounted in a piece of jewelry, submersing the piece entirely in the water is not recommended since the water can work it’s way into the cracks and crevices and cause deterioration of the metal and the stone over time. One method for cleaning is to take a Q-tip and dip it in the soapy water, then use that to rub over the stone. Rinse with clean water in the same manner. Never use ultrasonic cleaners or steam cleaner or any type of jewelry cleaning chemicals on your Chinese turquoise.
The Uses Of Turquoise
The uses of turquoise have been well known for over 6000 years!
This stone was even used in ancient Egypt and jewelry set with this beautiful stone have been uncovered in tombs. It is also used extensively by Native Americans for protection and healing. This semi precious stone can range in color from brilliant sky blue to green and has veins of black or brown running through it. When it is used in jewelry it is often put in a sterling silver setting but can be quite striking in gold. Turquoise stones can be strung as beads, carved into animal fetishes and combined with a large range of other stones in jewelry including amethyst, pearls, coral, amber, and onyx.
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The uses of turquoise as a healing stone are far ranging. It is said to cure stomach ailments, headaches, eye problems, fevers and stings from insects. It’s power wasn’t limited to the wearer as many have ground it up into a powder and drank the powder to help with stomach problems.
There are significant metaphysical uses of turquoise too. This harmoniizing stone is said to help in friendships and to alleviate nervousness when speaking. It is reputed to be helpful in problem solving and relieving the stresses of a hectic life or job. It is a stone that protects and some cultures find that it is recommended to always carry a turquoise stone with you.
Turquoise can be found in China, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, and Persia. In North America, it is found in the dry areas of Arizona and New Mexico. The stone can be rather porous and chalky and may not be suited for jewelry use unless it is treated. Some treatments include “stabilizing” it with a resinous substance and is quite common for jewelry as only 3% of stones mined can be used in their natural form. Stabilization helps to keep the stone from chipping and prevents changes in color from contact with oils on the skin (not that this is necessarily a bad thing as natural turquoise can develop a beautiful patina over time).
Some of the lower quality stones are dyed to enhance color and these are not as desirable as the stabilized but undyed stones. Some jewelry may be made with reconstituted turquoise which is ground turquoise from inferior stones that is molded together with epoxy resin, dyed and pressed into stonelike forms – they look good but don’t have the value of a real stone.