Collection: Turquoise

Turquoise is a blue-green mineral that has been prized for thousands of years for its unique color and is one of the oldest known gemstones. Its history dates back to Ancient Egypt, where it adorned the necks of Pharaohs, as seen in artifacts dating to around 3000 BCE. The ancient Egyptians called turquoise "mefkat," which also meant "joy" and "delight."

The Persians also treasured turquoise, and mines in the Sinai Peninsula have been in operation since about 2000 BCE. Persian turquoise was known for its robin's egg blue color, without the presence of any green. It was a symbol of heaven on earth and was used extensively in the adornment of palaces and mosques.

Native American cultures have greatly valued turquoise, particularly in the Southwestern United States. The Apache believed it could improve archery skills, while the Navajo thought it could bring rainfall by throwing a piece of turquoise into a river.

In terms of benefits, turquoise is considered a stone of communication in New Age beliefs, associated with the Throat Chakra. It's believed to foster empathy, positive thinking, and sensitivity. In traditional thought, it's seen as a talisman of protection, good fortune, and a promoter of mental clarity. It was also thought to change color to warn of danger or infidelity.

Physically, turquoise has been credited with anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects, and it's said to benefit the respiratory, skeletal, and immune systems. However, these benefits are based on metaphysical beliefs and not supported by scientific evidence.

Throughout history, turquoise has maintained its allure, with historical figures like Queen Zar of ancient Persia, to modern celebrities, adorning themselves with this vibrant stone. It remains a popular gem in jewelry and decorative items, appreciated for both its beauty and the rich history it carries.
It's important to remember that while many believe in the healing or therapeutic properties of stones, these are not scientifically proven concepts. The enjoyment and benefits derived from mixed stone pieces are often personal and subjective.