December Birthstone: Turquoise

  • 2013-12-03


The name turquoise, from the French expression Pierre tourques or Turkish stone, originated in the thirteenth century and describes one of the oldest known gemstones. Turquoise varies in colour from greenish blue, through robin’s egg-blue, to sky blue shades. Turquoise is plentiful and is available in a wide range of sizes. It is most often used for beads, cabochons, carvings, and inlays.


I write through the pen of Turquoise,
 Blending blue of sky and green of earth
 Turquoise, the stone, ancient jewel of the Middle East,
 Persia, Armenia, Turkey, Native America north and south . . .

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