December Birthstone: Turquoise
Chemical Makeup: CuAl₆(PO₄)₄(OH)₈ • 4H₂O
Turquoise, or “Turkish Stone” in French, is one of December’s birthstones. Once used as a talisman of Kings and healers, it is one of the oldest stones known to man. Trade routes brought the stone from its origin in Asia to Turkey where it eventually made it’s way to Venice- hence its name.
As far back as 5000 BC Turquoise has been seen as a symbol of nobility, eternal youth and wisdom. Spanning all known cultures, it is considered a magical and protective stone. More recently, Native Americans have (and still do) use Turquoise to protect burial sites. Rich in history, Turquoise is still relevant today. Said to secure friendly regard and promote leadership, this is a great talisman for a modern, working man or woman.