>Without a doubt, bracelets are one of the oldest forms of turquoise jewelry, adorning the wrists of both the wealthy and royalty since ancient Egyptian times. Worn to beautify the wrists and arms of their wearer, turquoise bracelets are both simple and versatile, making them a popular jewelry accessory in all eras.
Turquoise is the anniversary gemstone for the 11th year of marriage. Turquoise is found in various shades of sky blue, blue-green and apple green. One of December’s birthstones and popular for 6,000 years, Turquoise, a hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminum, is prized as a gemstone whose intense blue color is often mottled with veins of brown limonite or black manganese oxide (commonly known as Spider Web Turquoise).
The name Turquoise is derived from the French “Pierre Turquois” meaning “Turkish Stone”. This is because Western Europeans mistakenly thought the gem came from Turkey. In actual fact it came from the Sinai Peninsula or Alimersai Mountain in Persia (now Iran), which has been mining Turquoise since 5,000 BC. In Persian, Turquoise is known as “Ferozah”, meaning victorious and it is the national gemstone of Iran to this day.
Turquoise is cut as cabochons; flat pieces for inlaid work, beads, cameos and irregular pieces are often set in mosaics. Turquoise is currently mined in Arizona and New Mexico, U.S.A.; Australia; Afghanistan; and Iran, which arguably produces the world’s finest quality Turquoise. Other U.S.
Turquoise occurs in the Mojave Desert of California, the Cerrillos Hills near Sante Fe in New Mexico and the states of Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. Native Americans mined many of these deposits centuries ago. Sky blue Turquoise occurs in Iran and a green variety occurs in Tibet. Additional mines are in Cornwall in England, Siberia in Russia, France, Germany, Chile, Egypt and China.