We have a turquoise obsession at Emily Amey! We love the classic American turquoise, but also love pieces hailing from Iran (Persian), Kazakhstan, Morocco and China! It's all amazing to us!
Discovery of beads made from turquoise dates back to 3000 BCE making this gemstone one of the first to be used in jewelry and other wearable art.
Turquoise is an opaque stone that is formed from a chemical reaction occurring when water containing minerals like copper and aluminum are trapped within rock. It can be found in a variety of colors with most valued being the vibrant blue-green similar in coloring to robin’s egg blue, and can be matrixed with other materials like Pyrite and Copper.
Turquoise ranks 5 to 6 on the Mohs scale and its toughness is generally fair to good. Being that we have examples of Turquoise jewelry from over 5000 years ago is a great indication of the longevity and durability of the stone.