Friday, March 4, 2011

What Is Turquoise?: Part 1 in a Series

Turquoise is one of the most recognized symbols of the American Southwest and the people who have inhabited this region for many centuries. Most indigenous peoples around the world have referred to turquoise as the “sky-stone,” believing that the blue rock they discovered on earth had fallen from the heavens of the gods above.

Today, mineralogists say that the blue and green turquoise colors are determined by how much copper (blue) and iron (green) content are within the turquoise formation.

Turquoise is the official gem stone for both New Mexico and Arizona and is the birthstone for December.

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