Some people think that the name comes from the Persian word “fiouze” which means turquoise. The Egyptians had mined turquoise as far back as 6,000 BC. Some might be surprised when they learn that the finest turquoise comes from Iran, not the American Southwest. You can find exclusive pieces in areas such as Arizona and New Mexico, and areas such as Australia and Afghanistan.
For centuries turquoise has been treated as a holy gemstone and as a good luck charm. Ancient Egyptian tombs from about 3,000 B.C. contain the oldest proof of human kind’s attention in turquoise. There were lovely artifacts adorned with this popular gemstone that were hidden with the royal dead.
The tomb of Queen Zer was unburied in 1900. There was a turquoise and gold bracelet found on her wrist, making it one of the oldest pieces of jewelry ever found.
Turquoise has had a sacred place in the religious rituals of North American Indians and by the Tibetans who embrace it in their rituals and ceremonies. People all over the world think that turquoise has the ability to help mental and spiritual clarity to enhance wisdom, trust, understanding, and kindness.
Ancient Persians thought that the sky blue gemstones could be worn as protection to ward off unnatural death if worn around the neck. This gemstone is known worldwide as being a good luck charm to help avert accidents.
Turquoise is not only gorgeous its bright color offers self-confidence to different personalities, and is normally given as a token of friendship. Turquoise is allied to faithful and long lasting relationships.
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Where can i find information on the August birthstone?
I’m doing a project on the august birthstone and i can’t seem to find info on the actual mineral itself. Please help? I need to know where its found, its chemical compostion, luster, streak, ETC. Thanks in advance.
i thought peridot was green?
Peridot is mined in North Carolina, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and New Mexico, in the US; and in Australia, Brazil, China, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar (Burma), Norway, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania. Peridot of high quality is commercially mined in the eastern lava fields of Saudi Arabia.
Color Yellow to yellow-green
Crystal system Orthorhombic
Mohs Scale hardness 6.5-7
Refractive index 1.64-1.70
Specific gravity 3.2-4.3
It is the birthstone for the month of August. According to folklore, the peridot will bring its wearer success, peace, and good luck. Peridot has been found in Egyptian jewelery from the early second millennium BCE and was mined from the volcanic island of Zebirget, or St. Johns Island, in the Red Sea.