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Have a December birthday? You're not alone! And with several "birthstones" to choose from, Turquoise may be a fine choice for you! For more read below: Fun Facts: Turquoise can be traced back to 4,000 BC, buried in Ancient Egyptian tombs among the world's oldest jewelry. The Ancient Egyptians called it Mefkat which translates to "joy" or "delight." Turquoise is also the gem for the 11th anniversary. Mohs: 5 to 6 Formation: Turquoise is found only in dry and barren regions where acidic, copper-rich (copper gives Turquoise its color) groundwater seeps downward and reacts with minerals containing phosphorus and aluminum. Localities: United States, Mexico, Egypt, Iran, and China all host Turquoise. Color: The most prized Turquoise is an even, intense, medium blue. However, some people prefer a greenish blue, while other designers seek avocado and lime green colored gemstones. Turquoise ranges from blue to green. Clarity: Turquoise is semi-translucent to opaque. It might have veins of matrix (remnant of its surrounding rock). Spiderweb Turquoise has fine seams of matrix that form attractive "web" patterns. Cut: Turqoise is fashioned as a cabochon. The dome shape sets off the color, texture, and matrix perfectly. Some lapidaries cut Turquoise into beads or into freeform flat shapes that make beautiful jewelry inlays. Size: Turquoise comes in a wide range of sizes, but large pieces without any matrix are rare. Treatments/Synthetics: Because Turquoise is porous due to its high water content and can contain matrix, it is commonly coated like Jade. It makes the gemstone last longer and protects it. Some turquoise is dyed and impregnated to enhance color and durability. There is a synthetic turquoise, but the methods of manufacture are copyrighted; synthetic stones are detectable to a trained gemologist.
For more information visit: www.gia.edu/turquoise