Turquoise - Birthstone for December

Turquoise - Birthstone for December

 Turquoise - best known for it's sky blue colour.

 

Turquoise is the birthstone for December.  Tanzanite and Zircon are also birthstones for December.

 

All these stones are available for custom orders.  Prices are included in standard designs unless marked. 

3mm, 4mm and 5mm round sky blue Turquoise cabochon pairs. 

12x8mm oval sky blue Turquoise cabochon.

16x8mm marquise sky blue Turquoise cabochon pair.

16x8mm marquise blue Chinese Turquoise cabochon pair, $40.

18x8mm marquise sky blue Arizona Turquoise cabochon pair, $60.

24x10mm marquise pale sky blue Arizona Turquoise cabochon pair, $80.

7mm square cabochon Tibet Turquoise pair.

6mm square cabochon mint green Turquoise pair.

5x6mm square cabochon Tibet Turquoise pair.

Assorted rectangle and square cabochon Turquoises, 7-12mm.

5x6mm rectangle cabochon Turquoise.

5x6mm rectangle cabochon Turquoise.

 

16x6mm long marquise shape blue Turquoise cabochon.

16x8mm marquise blue Turquoise cabochon with black veins.

26x10mm marquise blue black mottled Turquoise cabochon.

9x5mm marquise blue green Turquoise cabochon with dark patches.

22x6mm long marquise blue black mottled Turquoise cabochon.

Assorted Turquoise marquise shaped cabochon on hand.

14x10mm rectangle cabochon mint green mottled Tibet Turquoise pair.

14x10mm rectangle cabochon mint green mottled Tibet Turquoise pair.

14x10mm rectangle cabochon mint green mottled Tibet Turquoise pair.

14x10mm rectangle cabochon jade green mottled Tibet Turquoise pair.

14x10mm rectangle cabochon pale blue Tibet Turquoise.

14x10mm rectangle cabochon Turquoise.

19x8mm rectangle cabochon mottled spiderweb mottled vein jade Tibet Turquoise.

13x10mm rectangle cabochon mottled green Tibet Turquoise.

13x7mm rectangle cabochon mottled green Tibet Turquoise.

Assorted green and spiderweb vein blue rectangle and square cabochon Turquoises, 4-12mm.

14x10mm rectangle cabochon Tibet Turquoise.

19x19mm teardrop green black Tibet Turquoise cabochon.

34x14mm bullet green black matrix Tibet Turquoise cabochon.

 26x20mm oval blue green "World" Tibet Turquoise cabochon.

27x21mm oval green "Dinosaur egg" Turquoise cabochon.

26x14mm rounded rectangle blue black mottled Turquoise cabochon, $50.

27x16mm freeform triangle mottled black and blue Turquoise cabochon.

48x28mm vivid green black spiderweb mottled Turquoise freeform cabochon, $70.

35x23mm triangular green black Turquoise cabochon.

Sky blue Turquoise carved flowers, 4-6mm.

Turquoise round bead strands, 4mm and 3mm.

 

Turquoise is quite a soft gemstone, with a hardness of 5-6.  It is sometimes treated to make it more stable and stronger.  
The vivid sky blue is one of the most sought after types of Turquoise  but it comes in lots of shades of blue and green.  There is often black lines of the other rocks that grew with the Turquoise.  This is called the matrix or spider web.
Turquoise can be dulled by exposure to chemicals and washing so remove your jewellery to wash your hands and be careful of perfumes and cosmetics.  Clean it using warm soapy water.
Turquoise is treasured by Native Americans and Tibetans to protect against evil and bring good health.
Howlite is often used to imitate Turquoise - it is naturally white and dyed to have the Turquoise blue colour.
 

Find out more about Turquoise on the GIA website.

You can see all the Turquoise jewellery I have with by selecting the Turquoise filter in my shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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