Turquoise is a favorite stone to many, and those born in December are fortunate to have it as their birthstone. The highly praised stone exudes exotica and elegant charm, as it has for thousands of years.

First mined by the ancient Egyptians in Sinai Peninsula, turquoise is found in shades of blue, with tinges of green and yellow. It has also been found in Iran and the southwestern United States, which many Americans associate with American Indians.

Known to be sacred by North American Indians, turquoise was used in ritual to deliver mental and spiritual clarity. It was a symbol of wisdom, understanding, trust, and kindness.

Turquoise can be used in many jewelry settings, frequently being seen in large stone clusters, or as a single statement pieces for brooches, necklaces, bracelets, rings, pendants, and earrings. Turquoise has been associated with such a pleasant hue, it is frequently a gift between dear friends and family.