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Gemstone feature: Turquoise

Alon Shina

Posted on July 05 2020

Gemstone feature: Turquoise

"Turquoise aka the The Friendship Stone was the very first stone I collected and made my first piece of jewellery with (featured in Alon's Stories - Edition 1). It calms you and is excellent for asking direction." - Alon

Turquoise, famed by Ancient Egyptians, was one of the first gemstones to be mined dating back to 600 BC. Age old mines for this interesting stone have been found dotted around the Sinai Peninsula and Iran. Turquoise is made from hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminium, which is why today it can sometimes be found as a byproduct of large-scale copper mining.


Its vibrant colour varies from pale sky blue to green depending on the quantities of minerals found in the area and is often seen in its original nugget form with “spider web” veins in brown limonite and black manganese oxide. A stone located throughout the world, the South West United States is known for its large deposits mined centuries ago by Native Americans, while additional mines can be found in China, Mexico, Germany, Chile, Australia and England.


Turquoise has woven itself into folklore with cultural meanings and stories surrounding its power. Apache warriors wore this gemstone in belief that it would help them hunt, while the Navajos believed the blue stones were magical pieces that fell from the sky. The ancient rulers of Egypt, the Aztecs, Persian and Mesopotamian royals adorned themselves in turquoise, using the stone in various jewellery and head pieces.

Alon has always loved this turquoise and began using it early on in his career, always incorporating a couple of pieces into his current collections. Shop our Turquoise range here. 

If you have a turquoise piece you would like set into a pendant, earrings or a ring chat to Alon via email so he can design your an heirloom piece to keep forever. 

alon@alonshina.com

TIP: The best way to clean turquoise is with warm water and a soft cloth. Dampen your cloth and gently rub over the stone (a genie may appear). It is important to dry your stone straight after.

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